Blarney Castle

Home of the Blarney Stone and the world’s most unhygienic tourist attraction.
(But then, what’s the point of having an immune system if you don’t use it?)

Blarneygate

Blarney Gate — exit to the Rock Close

Blarney_rock_close

Small waterfall in the Rock Close

Blarney_lookout_tower

A watch tower at the castle

Blarney_stone

This is how the the Blarney Stone is kissed to receive the gift of eloquent and persuasive speech.  It is necessary to sit on the parapet, several stories above ground level, and, hooking your legs on it, lay over backwards, let your head hang upside-down, and kiss the stone.  In modern times, this is done with the help of an assistant who hangs onto the seeker of Blarney.

Blarney_house

And when the castle was deemed too drafty and rustic, a modern manor was built.

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