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BLARNEY CASTLE

BLARNEY CASTLE
This is a most do trip if in Cork a visit to Blarney Castle and to kiss the Blarney Stone. The castle that you see is the third castle on this site ,the first would have been a wooden stockade structure built around the 10thcent followed at a later date with a stone structure in the 12th cent .the present building constructed by DERMONT MacCARTHY King of Munster in 1446 is a15thcent tower house little remains today but the keep (Tower houses were small castles or fortified residences built between 15th /17th cent .the tall square house was defended by a stone wall forming a enclosure used for defence and as a cattle pen .Machicolations (projecting parapets form which to drop missiles) were sited at the top of the house) Blarney also has murder holes at the entrance to the castle to pour boiling tar on invaders ,the base walls of the castle are 18ft thick to withstand any attempt knock the walls down .slit windows for bowmen are further up the walls and battlement ramparts sit atop the tower so the kings soldiers could rain stones and boiling liquids on the besiegers below
The towers that are outside the keep were present in the outside defensive wall but only a few remain today

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  • Pros:A MOST DO TRIP
  • Cons:THE CLIMB TO THE STONE
  • Last visit to Blarney Castle: Apr 2006
  • Intro Written Apr 26, 2006
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  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Sep 29, 2006 at 10:57 PM

    it is hard to believe that people would kiss a lousy stone in that strange way, just because of an old rumour... ;-)

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Apr 26, 2006 at 1:45 PM

    Interesting start about this Irish tourist trap .... Keep up the good work ... :o)

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