Blarney Castle, Cork

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    The blarney's Castle is your...

    by zorlack Written Feb 25, 2003

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    The blarney's Castle is your average size castle. It has a great guided tour. The castle is located on a huge amount of arces of land that has many garden trails.
    The Blanery's Castle is a good size castle. The castle has a good guided tour program. You can have a self guided tour to see more things such as different rooms that are usually not on the guide tour.There is also a stone they called The Blarney's Stone, where the tourist kisses this stone that's located at the top of the castle.

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    While visiting Blarney Castle...

    by jellicoe Written Aug 26, 2002

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    While visiting Blarney Castle you may want to kiss the Blarney Stone and get the gift of gab or, as an 18th century French consul put it, 'gain the privilege of telling lies for seven years'. Queen Elizabeth I coined the phrase due to her exasperation with Lord Blarney's ability to talk endlessly without ever actually agreeing to her demands. To kiss the Blarney Stone, you must bend over backward and lower yourself down about two feet at the top of the castle. The castle itself is a tower house and was built around 1446 on a solid limestone mound.
    I kissed the Blaney Stone! I did! I have the privilege of telling lies for 7 years! I have 3 more years of telling lies! hahaha!

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    Blarney

    by Kozzmozz Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Situated six miles from the city, this was once a thriving manufacturing village, but now survives mainly on the tourist trade. Blarney castle was built in the middle of the 15th Century by Cormac McCarthy. He was so esteemed as a powerful chieftain, that the English settlers paid him an annual tribute of 40 pounds to protect them from Irish attacks.

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    The castles are amazing and...

    by loki5 Written Aug 26, 2002

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    The castles are amazing and the pubs are worth a trip just for the music alone ( the beer is an added bonus). Blarney Castle is very well preserved and you can really get a feeling of the history of the place.

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    Well, duh.

    by AdriannaTex Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Okay, go to the top of Blarney Castle, lie on your back where directed, scoot yourself backwards until your head is dangling over the edge, and kiss away. Now, if you are afraid that kissing the Blarney Stone will mingle local's bodily juices with your saliva, here is an alternative. You can kiss the Blarney Stone on the web!

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    You simply can't visit Cork...

    by ombre Written Aug 24, 2002

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    You simply can't visit Cork and not take a trip out to blaney castle and kiss the Blaney stone.
    we took a cab because we missed the bus .its about 8 quid from cork city about 2 on the bus.
    the Castle it self is pretty cool and the surrounding garden's are very nice.
    once I got to the blaney stone I faked it .I simply couldn't kiss some thing that had been snogged so many times before (A GUY HAS TO HAVE STANDARDS)
    besides I already have the legendry qualities the blaney stone offers.
    Legend says when you kiss the Blaney stone you get the gift of the gab.
    I'm sure my Irish Friends JEN and SIMON would agree with that lol.

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    Oh, the Luck of the Irish

    by Erin_McCoy Written Jul 10, 2013
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    Southwest Ireland is considered one of the most visited regions in Ireland, and anyone passing through there can understand why. This is thanks to the extraordinary combination of monuments, quiet roads, lively pubs, and most important: bike-friendly paths

    I decided to dedicate this post on our trip out to Cork, the "Gateway City." Cork is Ireland's second-largest city with a population of over 180,000.

    About 8 kilometers of Cork, resides the Blarney Castle. The Blarney Castle is a medieval stronghold which originally dates back from 1200. It is now a partial ruin with some accesible rooms and battlements. At the top of the castle lies one of the best known attractions in the area- The Blarney Stone. The Blarney Stone is a block of bluestone said to contain "the ability to deceive without offending", this is due to an early legend involving the goddess Cliodhna.

    Millions of people, including tourists and locals, visit this stone and acrobatically kiss the stone and tour the castle's grounds.

    I am sure many of you have read the stories and seen the pictures of people slobbering the stone, but let me tell you- this is not easily acheived. In order to touch the stone with your lips, the participant must ascend to the castle's peak, lean over backwords and sit back up, prefreably alive, and with a bit more luck then what they had before. If preforming this act did not trigger a fear of heights, I take my hat off to you.

    Despite being one of the most contaminated attractions in the world, the expreince was truly unforgettable. If kissing a tourist attraction is not your thing, I do recommend touring the castle's extensive gardens.

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  • Kissing the Blarney Stone...

    by DaniBachmann Written Oct 15, 2003

    Blarney is a very small village about 25 mins on the bus from Cork city- there's not that much to see in Blarney itself, but the castle is awesome!
    The famous Blarney Stone is at the yop og the castle- to kiss it, you've gotta lie down on your back and slide headfirst into a hole in the wall- don't worry, there's someone to hold you!!!

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    More from the grounds

    by onecut Written Nov 9, 2003

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    One of the little people

    Fantastic old trees are in the grounds of the castle, along with Fairy Glen, Witch's Kitchen and a lovely river, where you can enjoy a picnic.

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    even the gardens around blaney...

    by ombre Written Aug 24, 2002

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    even the gardens around blaney castle are good wish i had been there in the summer as the cold made it feel less warm(understand what i mean lol)

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    Anyone who travels to cork...

    by ombre Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Anyone who travels to cork from over seas probably no doubt goes to blaney castle and its worth the experience even if the whole kissing the stone proves un true

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