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History of the Castle

Blarney Castle was originally a timber hunting lodge built in the 10th century, which was replaced by a stone castle in 1210. The present day construction was completed in 1446. The Castle remained the ancestral stronghold of the McCarthy family until the arrival of Oliver Cromwell in 1646. Fifteen years later with the arrival of King Charles II on the English throne saw the return of the McCarthys to the Castle.

Following the Battle of the Boyne in 1690, all Irish chiefs were stripped of their powers and the McCarthys were again forced to leave Blarney Castle. The Castle was sold to Sir James Jefferyes, Governor of Cork in 1703. The Castle is now owned and managed by the Trustees of the Blarney Castle Estate.

Kissing the Blarney Stone

Beautiful Park-Like Grounds

We took a walk around the lovely grounds of Blarney to work out the cramps from our legs after walking up the 127 stairs to kiss that rock!

The Tower

A peak at the tower from the stairs

More of the Lovely Grounds

Just Some Beautiful Plants

The plants are huge here, they must be very old.

The Rock Close

The Rock Close is laid out on a pre-historic Druids site with the remains of huge boulders, rocks, a dolmen (a megalithic tomb with a large flat stone laid on uprights), a sacrificial altar and a witches kitchen. You will also find Japanese bamboo trees, magnolias, Siberian dogwood and weeping willows and a stream which can be crossed via a small pedestrian bridge.

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