Blarney Castle

Blarney Castle – Cork

Blarney Castle is a medieval Castle in Blarney, near Cork. The castle is said to have been built prior to 1200 when a timber house was  built on the site, although no evidence remains of this. Around 1210 this was replaced by a stone fortification. It was destroyed in 1446, but it was rebuilt by Cormac Laidir MacCarthy.

All that lives on now is the partial remains of the once beloved Castle.

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At the top of the castle lies the Stone of Eloquence, known to most as the Blarney Stone. Tourists visiting Blarney Castle hang upside-down over a drop to kiss the stone, which is said to give the gift of Eloquence (gift of the gab).

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Aside from the Blarney Stone, the Blarney Castle also has the Rocklose Gardens which surround the castle which are great to wander around.

There is also a mansion, known as Blarney House, which is open to all and is well worth the visit.

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