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  • Day5

    Blarney Castle & Cliffs of Moher

    August 24, 2017 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Well another magical day. Blue sky at the Blarney Castle, kissed the Blarney Stone. I wish I had spent a day here wandering around the grounds, they are so beautiful. We then headed to the West Coast to visit the Cliffs of Moher. Luckily for us the rain held off. As we drove into the car park the rain was pouring down sideways from the wind, we put on our wet weather gear and it stopped just long enough for us to walk along the Cliffs and snap our photos. We headed back to Cork through Tipperary, a busy little city with lots of old style charm. Love the Emerald Isle. Everyday just gets better.Read more

  • Day4

    My first Kiss (with a giant lucky rock)

    June 23, 2016 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Well we did it! When you come up to the Blarney Castle and grounds, you could honestly get lost in the mazes and gardens that lay before you. But obviously we didn't look around when we got there... We headed straight for the castle to make the climb to Kiss the Blarney stone.

    The Blarney Stone was said to be blessed (or cursed, depensing how you think of it) by a witch a long, long time ago and that any person who kisses it develops the "Gift of Gab". For those of you who don't know, that is the ability to talk... And talk... And talk... And talk. (Like the Irish do)

    So we walked into the castle and climed the very very tall spiral stone staircase (that gradually closed in on you as you went... Honestly) until we got to the top of the castle to the barricade lookout. Once there, you had to lean out over the edge of the castle to reach the wall to kiss it, while being held by a friendly tour attendant. If you are on the shorter side (like me), you have to scoot out so far that it feela like only the tip of your bottom is touching the floor and the rest of you is literally hanging over the open hole. There are no nets and no safety features except for the handles you see in the pictures. And I absolutely loved every second of it.

    On the way down we explored all of the rooms and nooks/crannies that we found, but I think we were all too distracted riding the high from kissing the Blarney.
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  • Day4

    Wishing not to fall down these stairs

    June 23, 2016 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    After making our waterfall wishes, we headed through the garden again to see all of the places where witches are said to reside or frequent. We found the Dolman rocks.. Simply one rock balancing awkwardly on top of another that no one knows how it got there or why it is that way. It is said that passing through the opening below can unlock magical things... It magically allowed me to get from one side of the rock to the other!!

    Next up, the witch's kitchen. There is a witch who lives here at night and burns fireword that was paid for by the wishes of the wishing steps (see below) in order to keep warm. We went and checked it out, she has a very low-tech kitchen.

    The witches stone is a stone which looks like a witches face. Yup.

    And finally, we camebacross the wishing stairs! Another witch blessed/cursed object, it is aaid that if you walk down the stairs backwards with your eyes closed while simultaneously thinking of your deepest wish, it will come true. To be extra magical, the threebof us walked down like this andnthen back up with our eyes closed, also.

    So many wishes coming true!!!
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  • Day4

    Don't go Chasing Waterfall(wishes)

    June 23, 2016 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    After coming down from kissing the Blarney Stone (both literally and figuratively), we wandered through the gardens to see all of the other magical spots. Firat up, after walking through a small tunnel in the rock, was a waterfall which acts as a wishing well, of sorts. We took turns tossing pennies over our shoulder while making a wish.

    What did I wish for?

    Yeah, right... I know how wishing works. I'm not telling.
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  • Day4

    The kiss we've been waiting for!

    June 23, 2016 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Up and at 'em again this morning.

    We met our tour group near Paddy's Place (near Paddy wagons hostel is in Dublin). Once it hit 8 am we were off to visit the Blarney Stone.

    Our first pit stop was a regular truck stop we're often use to, especially on the 401. Following this, we visited Cashel Rock. Cashel Rock is a beautiful castle that has lost much of it's roofing over the years. There are many families, even recent, that are buried on site. Some families included the Ryan's, O'Briens, and Duane's. The story of Cashel Rock is said to be a rock that was thrown at Saint Patrick. We spent an hour here taking in the emotions that surround it (there were even crows circling in an out of the castle).

    We spent just under an hour on the bus to go to Blarney. The bua ride was filled with Irish chants, and us 3 Canadian girls, signing the entire time.

    In Blarney, the first (and obvious) thing we did was "Kiss the Blarney Stone". Now, we better have a lot of luck on our side. In order to kiss the stone, you bend your back, you hold your hands on each pole and slide down until you reach the stones. Following this, we explores Blarney Castle. Here, we saw the murder room, the ladies room, and the priests room. The stairs circled and became tighter as you went higher. During our time in the castle, we met two friends (1 from Alabama and 1 from Florida).

    After the castle, we explored the Blarney gardens. They were just spectacular. We unfortunately had a little rain, but it made the gardens much greener. Within the gardens we made a wish in the waterfall my throwing in 1 cent euro (and don't ask us what our wishes were). To explore the rest we had to walk through Close Rock (I'm short enough to walk sttaight through - I guess it pays off fo be a little on the short side). Then we went to the Wishing Steps. The wishing steps are known to grant your wish if you walk up and down the stairs with your eyes closed. Of course we did this and made a second wish! After which the sun came up and we were lucky to have such beautiful weather.

    We walked into Blarney for a little until it was time to get back to the bus. On our way back we had an hour stop in Cork. Cork is only famous because of Henry Ford, other than that many say there is not much to do. It's also known for the largest natural port in the world, and does it ever have a large port. We and our 2 American friends strolled more into the city. We stopped into Penney's (a cheap clothing store known for Brand Names).

    We are now on the bus to return to the city of Dublin.
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  • Day14

    Blarney Castle

    June 7, 2016 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 64 °F

    We had to see the stone! The narrow passage and staircase along with the large amount of people led to some claustrophobia but we made it to the top! Another amazing castle. The stone structure is the only thing left of the castle, they did build a staircase to access the original stone staircase and added some hand rails, that was about it. The roof is gone, the floors are gone. There were a few rooms that we were able to explore that had stone floors, and the walls were amazingly thick. The passages under the castle were quite mysterious.Read more

  • Day4

    Blarney castle

    August 14, 2017 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    We bezoeken het kasteel en hebben de Blarney stone gekust. Al 200 jaar komen mensen de steen kussen. een echt huzarenstukje om er te geraken. Als je de steen kust zou dit welbespraaktheid moeten brengen. Hopelijk werkt het. In de prachtige tuinen is een Poison Garden en een Fern garden welke ons het meest bij bleven. We wandelen in de grot en langs de rivier naast het paarden kerkhof. Tegen 11:00 u start het te regenen en dat voor enkele uren.Read more

  • Day3


    August 13, 2017 in Ireland ⋅ 🌫 13 °C

    Net te laat voor het kasteel. Dan maar eens goed gaan eten. We overnachten op de parking van de grootste Irish shop van de wereld. Morgen zeker shoppen. Normaal mag je niet overnachten maar we vragen het aan de receptie van het hotel en krijgen er toestemming voor.
    Een rustige nacht met veel regen.

  • Day62

    Blarney Castle

    May 28, 2015 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Visited on of Corks most traveled to Castles!
    And yes i kissed the Blarney stone which gives the gift of the gab!

    It was amazing to take a step out of the modern world, into the past that has so much history to tell!
    Even better to spend it with new found friends!

  • Day14


    May 23, 2016 in Ireland ⋅ 🌙 7 °C

    Last day of the tour today and everyone was feeling rather sad to be leaving Dominic. He's been a wonderful driver, guide and historian and it's clear we will all miss him. We planned a surprise for him tonight. The group ( 22 were American, one Englishman & two Aussies) was terrific - there were no problems of any sort and people got along really well.
    Went for a walk before breakfast - crisp and cool but clear blue sky. Tried to find the mural of Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty, who had saved many Allied POWs & Jews from the Gestapo but could only find the statue. He was responsible for the safety of over 6,000 people when he worked at the Vatican during WWII. The movie The Scarlet and the Black, starring Gregory Peck, was about his life and he was much-loved in Killarney.
    Drove to Blarney Castle and of. Purse on the way it started to rain and rain heavily!! We spent our time in the gardens, which are beautiful but much too extensive to cover in a couple of hours. We did NOT kiss the stone!! Had lunch at the Blarney Woollen Mills and looked around the shop - the largest Irish shop in Ireland and it WAS big!!
    Then to our hotel to freshen up before the drive to Howth and dinner and the show at the Abbey Tavern. The show was sensational - a singer, fiddler, guitarist and four absolutely startling dancers who have danced in Lord of the Dance. It was the best night and a fitting way to end our tour. When we were back on the bus we sang a song (to the tune of Danny Boy) one of the group had written for Dominic and he was, for once, speechless. It was a lovely way to part company with this man who had be one our friend over the previous nine days.
    We have three nights left here before leaving Ireland.
    The first shot is Monsignor O'Flaherty's statue in Killarney, second is Blarney Castle, third an installation in the Poison Garden, fourth some rhododendrons and the last two are from the fantastic show at the Abbey Tavern.
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Blarney, An Bhlarna

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