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Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Blarney August 30th 2019

Well, I did it! I walked up the steps at Blarney Castle and I kissed the stone. I now have the gift of gab LOL. It wasn’t an easy feat, well to get my picture kissing the Blarney Stone. I had to climb a narrow tower, I hit the top of my head on a very old stone archway, I stood in line, I asked Carl (in our group) to capture my pic since I would be holding on to save my life. Kerry had told me when we planned this trip, to not expect him to climb to the top and kiss the stone soooo... Carl was going to take Anne’s pic (his wife) and he said he would take mine too... as we waited in line and we got closer I saw Kerry at ... read more
Carl’s pic of me preparing to kiss the stone 🤪.
Blarney Stone
Carl and Anne climbing to the Barney Stone

Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Blarney August 28th 2019

Woensdag 28/8/2019 – Om 8.30 staat er een grote bus voor 50 personen klaar voor ons groepje van 16. Geen discussie dus van 'ik wil aan 't raam zitten'. Plaats zat ! Eerste stop Blarney Castle, een middeleeuwse versterkte woontoren in een 60 acres groot park. Alla plantentuin van Meise. De eerste bouw van het kasteel gaat terug tot 1210. Vooral bekend om zijn 'Kissing the Blarney Stone' om diplomatieke eloquentie te verwerven. Vereist wel een klim tot helemaal boven op de toren, om na een lange wachtrij, in acrobatische ruglig, gedeeltelijk door het hoogste middeleeuwse schijtgat van de woontoren, een steen in de buitenmuur te kussen. Nou moe ! Ik bekijk het wel van beneden. Tweede stop Cork. Al eens culturele hoofdstad van Europa. Maar dat was Mons ook al eens. Wel met een prachtige ... read more
Blarney Castle
Blarney Castle
Blarney Castle

Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Blarney August 18th 2019

August 18, 2019 – Cobh (Cork), Ireland – Weather: 64°F/18°C, clear sunny morning, mix of sun and cloud for the rest of the day, sprinkling of rain in am, wind 19.5 mph, humidity 59° As we entered the harbour of Cobh, pronounced Cov, and one of Ireland’s largest natural harbours the sky was clear and a full moon shone over our heads. Cobh serves as the port for Cork and the surrounding area. Cork, the second largest city in the Republic of Ireland, lies slightly inland on the banks of the River Lee and takes its name from corcaigh, the Gaelic word for marshy. From its origins in the 7thcentury through to the 19thcentury Cork has flourished as a merchant center. Cobh, as the port provided Cork with a gateway to the world’s markets. It also ... read more
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Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Blarney May 9th 2019

Day 10 Today was a sight seeing day, after our appointment with Christy Keating, a Genealogy tracker that helps you locate documents for people you think are ancestors, then on to the Blarney Castle. The day began with a cruise ship blowing it’s horn to announce I am here. It was so long, I couldn’t get all of it in on my phone camera. We watched them tie up to the dock, and then went to breakfast in the hotel restaurant. After breakfast, we visited with another couple from Ohio, that were going to do some sight seeing today. They were leaving today and were planning to see the Quiet Man museum and on to their next stop. We had tickets to the Cobh Heritage Center and Museum, where our meeting with Christy Keating was, at ... read more
Ship after several mooring lines deployed
Cobh Heritage Center and Museum
Gail, Christy, Michael and Richard Keating

Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Blarney August 17th 2018

After a slow start to the day we eventually made our way to Blarney Castle, around a 20 minute drive from Kelvin and Olivia’s house. Blarmey Castle of course is best known for the Blarmey Stone which has the “proven” ability to bestow Eloquence on any mere mortal who puckers up to it. There is much folklore about the origins of the Blarmey Stone, some say it is a piece of the Stone of Scone given to Ireland by Robert the Bruce for providing 5,000 soldiers for defeat of the English at the battle of Bannockburn in 1314 but the best story is that of the Chieftan of the Castle who was going through some personal issues happened to come across a fairy in his garden who told him there is a stone in his castle ... read more
Blarmey Castle
Blarmey Castle
Blarmey Castle

Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Blarney August 18th 2017

Today we leave Killarney and travel to Waterford, home of Waterford Crystal with a stop at the Blarney Castle. It was a particularly bleak looking day with overcast skies and a drenching rain. At least we will be traveling today. I usually like to watch the scenery and take photos as we drive, but not today. I couldn't keep my eyes open and kept dozing off. Our first stop was at Blarney Castle and the Blarney stone. When we arrived we were given an orientation by Patrick about where to meet and he gave us 3 hours of free time. Peter dropped us off at the castle and as is usually the case, the rain stopped and the sun came out with just intermittent showers for the rest of the time at the castle. The Blarney ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Blarney August 17th 2017

The Ring of Kerry is a scenic drive around the Iveragh Peninsula in southwest Ireland's County Kerry. After the usual morning routine of an early breakfast, we boarded our bus for this beautiful drive. Because this is a popular tourist destination it was important that we leave early so as not to get caught up in all the bus traffic. As the narrow roads make it difficult for tour coaches to pass, all tour buses run in counterclockwise direction. It is recommended that car owners travel in the opposite direction. We stopped along the way for photo opportunities and stopped for lunch at the Scarriff Inn which had an amazing view. We arrived before many other tour buses so we were able to get in and out within an hour. That early start really payid off. ... read more
Along the Ring of Kerry beautiful scenery
Peter and Patrick

Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Blarney August 7th 2017

Cobh was our first port of call in Ireland. (More on Cobh later.) In Ireland and Northern Ireland we booked shore excursions in advance through the Paddywagon Tours company. (Their gimmick is to have green motorcoaches adorned with shamrocks and leprechauns.) Our driver/guide was a proud Corkman who took us to Blarney Castle, through Cork, to Kinsale and back to Cobh. Arriving at Blarney Castle car park, one passes a former railway station, now a souvenir shop. I liked reading the informational markers about the Cork and Muskerry Light Railway. Opened to Blarney in 1887, it was the railway that touched off the descent of throngs of tourists upon "Old Castle Blarney". All visitors to Blarney in those days had to pay their entry fee to railway company, whether or not they arrived by train. The ... read more
Blarney Castle and Round Tower
Lookout Tower
North Wall

Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Blarney May 10th 2016

Green Green Ireland, Cobh (pronounced Cove), Cork and Kinsall Now that we are finally in Ireland, we understand why it is called the Emerald Isle…lush and green. We disembark from our cruise ship at Cobh and travel 20 minutes directly to Cork. Cork is a small city with lots of personality and seemingly so perfectly Irish. As with many small towns in Europe, it is on a river. We pass by old bridges as well as a spectacular modern new one, shaped like a harp on its side. It is slow going for our bus as we have hit Cork at rush hour. The road curves like a snake through the busy downtown as it follows the river. We are headed to the famous Blarney Castle. The history surrounding the castle is fascinating. Controlled for many ... read more
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Blarney Castle
Blarney Gardens

Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Blarney November 28th 2015

Today Matt and I decided to head south of Adare to Blarney Castle to kiss the famous Blarney Stone. We were a little worried about weather because when we woke up is was really raining and windy. Good news, once we began traveling the sky's cleared and we had a very nice fall day to experience Blarney and enjoy the gardens and grounds surrounding the castle. After leaving Blarney we continued south through Cork to an adorable little town on the water called Kinsale. We spent time enjoying the quaint shops and pubs, wondering throughout the streets looking for treasures. We ended our day at a local pub in Adare called Auncy Lena's having the traditional Irish dinner bangers and mash and few beers! Perfect Irish day...... read more
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Erica and thr Castle
Blarney Stone in the center top of the tower




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