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As we entered the Ground Floor reception, we couldn't help but see a ghost! (pic 2)Yes, it was nearly Halloween or All Souls night (October 31st) so around Blarney Castle, there were many puppets of ghouls and Witches
The Ground Floor Reception area would have had the purpose as a reception for receiving supplies, and was also the sleeping quarters for the young men and warriors of the fortress. This would have been quite a harsh life- sleeping on the cold and damp stone floor, which was covered with rushes. As this was the most vulnerable area from attack, the only light would have come through the 1 narrow slit (unglazed) window. Torches made from flaming rushes would have provided some light- with a risk of fire spreading along the flooring! Sanitation would have been minimal, so vermin and infestation were probably rife. Added to this, the men probably had an assortment of mental and physical illnesses, exacerbated (or temporarily relieved) by the amounts of alcohol consumed.
The castle has 5 storeys, each having a main living area, with small chambers, alcoves and connecting passages.
THE GREAT HALL - This was the centre of everyday life, where important visitors would have been welcomed in ceremonial State. A Fireplace would have been the point of interest-an item of 'luxury', inspired by the Elizabethan fashion. Flues and chimneys to draw the smoke away were unusual. Again, rushes would have covered the floors. Later, wall tapestries would be used to cover the stone floor- forerunners of carpeting.
THE EARLS BEDROOM - another 'new luxury' space was at a premium, with communal living being the norm. This room, for the sole purpose of the Lord, and his wife was the best lit- with windows offering light-and views of the grounds, and approaching armies.
YOUNG LADIES ROOM- Here Females of the castle were taught by a governess in languages, music, singing, needlecraft and other skills needed to 'catch' a young Lord, and eventually become Lady of his Castle. The other alternative being to join a convent.
THE FAMILY ROOM This room was large and lit from 4 windows, and heated by a fireplace. It was relatively comfortable.
THE BANQUETING HALL -Elaborate Feasts were normal for inhabitants of the castle, with many courses and free flowing Ale, Mead and Whiskey, even children joined in. The Lord presided at the head of the table, surrounded by his staff. The High Ranks 'above the salt' and the Lower 'Below the salt' A Steward supervised the serving pages.
It was common practice for boys of the castle to be sent away to other castles to be reared or fostered (from age 6-7!) to toughen them up for a life as fighting men. They were also taught courtly manners, as they would be come gentlemen or Knights.
After the feasting, The lords personal bard would entertain the assembled room, with singing songs, that typically praised his Lord and Clan.
THE CHAPEL - The uppermost domestic chamber.
The household gathered here for Mass, which was in Latin. The chaplain also tutored the younger family members.
Cormac Mac Carthy provided many funds for the Church, he built 5 churches. He was buried in one - Kilcrea Abbey, which became the traditional resting place for future Lords of Blarney.
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