Knockawn Wood Bed & Breakfast
Curraleigh Inniscarra, Blarney, Ireland
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Travel Tips for Blarney
Where did the word Blarney come from?
It's said that Queen Elizabeth I coined the phrase "blarney" during the lengthy negotiations for control of Blarney Castle. The owner, Cormac McCarthy, Earl of Blarney, in negotiations with the Queen's emissary is said to have made long and eloquent protestations of loyalty and flattery to the Queen without agreeing to relinquish the land to the English. At some point she is said to have exclaimed "This is all Blarney. What he says he never means!" Today we use the term to say that someone is guilty of smooth, flattering talk or deceptive nonsense.
Things to Bring to Blarney in October
If visiting for the day, a light day-sac to carry your camera, guide book etc. Leave room for all the tacky souvenirs!!
If the left luggage in Cork bus station is closed, you can leave your case/ ruck sack etc at the ticket office at the Castle. In October, as most months in Ireland, there is a good chance of rain, so come prepared with a waterproof jacket and headgear. It was quite cold too, so a thin fleece or wool jumper might be neededThe ground around Rock Close can be quite wet and muddy, so suitable footwear is needed. Also the steps of the castle can be slippery in parts I'm not sure if there is a pharmacy in Blarney. There is a small supermarket, which might stock basics. There is a Medical centre and dentists surgery - not sure of opening hours.
Carry all essential medication with you. As much as you'll need for pics of the castle and grounds - lots of Autumnal colours
Waterproof case, and lint free cloths for clearing lens. binoculars for views from top of the castle.
Will you get your wish?
Located on the Blarney Castle grounds are the wishing steps. It is said that if you can go both up them backwards and down them frontwards, with your eyes closed you will get your wish. I did this and I guess you could say I got my wish. I wished that things would work out for us so that my husband didn't have to work so many hours anymore and that the children and I could spend more time with him. Well here we are, he has a different job, is home for all 3 meals, and works a 40 hour week. Hasn't been traveling constantly with his job, and we are spending a lot of time with him! :-)
Church of the Resurrection
The church was originally built in 1776 and is cruciform in shape. The church is the oldest, functioning building on the square in Blarney. Stained glass windows show the Resurrection of Christ from the dead and were built in 1867 and 1926. The church has been renovated, most recently in 1997.
The church is not generally open to the public.
Services are held on Sundays at 11:00am and 7:30pm (informal). No services on the first Sunday in each month.
The cemetery includes some interesting headstones, most of which show only the date of death.
Take A Walk Around the Square
Blarney Village Square is quite small, taking no more than 10 minutes to walk around.
The square is surrounded by quaint houses, shops, restaurants and hotels. A large village green sits in the middle.
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