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Blarney Castle and Doneraile Park among top tourist hotspots - Echo Live
Blarney Castle and Doneraile Park among top tourist hotspots  Echo Live

Robert McNamara. TWO Cork beauty spots have made it onto the list of the most visited tourist attractions in the country last year. Blarney Castle has maintained ...

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This is the perfect length of time for a vacation to Ireland, according to research  IrishCentral

According to research published in the Journal of Happiness Studies, the ideal length of a vacation is exactly eight days. As the researchers noted, travelers will ...

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Bring it on home: Our readers love to travel to Ireland  STLtoday.com

Our readers seem to love to travel to Ireland. Each week we run a "Bring it on home" column where readers send us photos of their travels. We've had so.

Blarney - A Year on the Estate - Entertainment.ie
Blarney - A Year on the Estate  Entertainment.ie

Documentary filmed over a year taking a look behind the scenes of the work required to keep the world-famous Blarney Castle Estate up and running, as it deals ...

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Weekend TV guide: 7 of the best shows to watch  The Irish Times

The big business of Blarney Castle, plus acclaimed Fosse/Verdon miniseries, John Cleese in Hold the Sunset and the return of Danish thriller Below the ...

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			<p><a href="https://www.flickr.com/people/frank_lynch/">Loon Man Returns</a> posted a photo:</p>
	
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<p>Ireland</p>			<p><a href="https://www.flickr.com/people/8142229@N08/">ktmqi</a> posted a photo:</p>
	
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<p>The castle is surrounded by extensive gardens.</p>			<p><a href="https://www.flickr.com/people/8142229@N08/">ktmqi</a> posted a photo:</p>
	
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<p>There be sheep.</p>			<p><a href="https://www.flickr.com/people/8142229@N08/">ktmqi</a> posted a photo:</p>
	
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<p>&quot;The Earl of Leicester was commanded by Queen Elizabeth I to take possession of the castle. Whenever he endeavoured to negotiate the matter McCarthy always suggested a banquet or some other form of delay, so that when the queen asked for progress reports a long missive was sent, at the end of which the castle remained untaken. The queen was said to be so irritated that she remarked that the earl's reports were all 'Blarney'.<br />
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The castle was eventually invested by Cromwell's General, Lord Broghill, who, planting a gun on Card Hill opposite and above the lake below the present mansion or new castle, succeeded in breaking the tower walls. However, when his men entered the keep, he found two old retainers, the main garrison had fled by the underground caves situated below the battlements known as the Badgers Caves. There are three passages, one to Cork, one to the lake and one seemingly to Kerry. At any rate, all had gone together with the reputed gold plate.</p>			<p><a href="https://www.flickr.com/people/8142229@N08/">ktmqi</a> posted a photo:</p>
	
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<p>It was a bit of a hike and kind of round about but we made it to the castle.</p>			<p><a href="https://www.flickr.com/people/8142229@N08/">ktmqi</a> posted a photo:</p>
	
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<p>The arch leader to a cafe in what appears to be the old stables, a plesant open courtyard surrounded by a collection of antique cars and wagons.</p>			<p><a href="https://www.flickr.com/people/stevensid57/">ivanstevensphotography</a> posted a photo:</p>
	
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<p>This image was taken on a short trip to Ireland and visit to Blarney Castle</p>			<p><a href="https://www.flickr.com/people/7409168@N06/">chedpics</a> posted a photo:</p>
	
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<p>The Seven Sisters<br />
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&quot;Legend tells of a famous King of Munster who once ruled these lands. He had seven daughters and two sons. His rival was also a powerful clan chief and the time came when the king had to defend his lands. One fateful day the army rode out to battle with the king and his two sons at the head of it. Although victorious, it came at a great cost, as both sons were killed in the fighting. The army marched back to the castle, on route passing the ancient druid's stone circle that had stood for millennia. The king dispatched a contingent of men to the sacred site and in his grief he instructed them to push over two of the nine standing stones. This would forever commemorate his two fallen sons. The seven sisters remain standing to this day....<br />
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The Seven Sisters now form the central feature of a garden of grasses and perennial flowers, the soft and flowing forms of which are a great contrast to the solid immobile rocks that dominate the space. The garden changes with the seasons, but the timeless rock structure remains a constant.&quot;</p>			<p><a href="https://www.flickr.com/people/8142229@N08/">ktmqi</a> posted a photo:</p>
	
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<p>The Seven Sisters<br />
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&quot;Legend tells of a famous King of Munster who once ruled these lands. He had seven daughters and two sons. His rival was also a powerful clan chief and the time came when the king had to defend his lands. One fateful day the army rode out to battle with the king and his two sons at the head of it. Although victorious, it came at a great cost, as both sons were killed in the fighting. The army marched back to the castle, on route passing the ancient druid's stone circle that had stood for millennia. The king dispatched a contingent of men to the sacred site and in his grief he instructed them to push over two of the nine standing stones. This would forever commemorate his two fallen sons. The seven sisters remain standing to this day....<br />
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The Seven Sisters now form the central feature of a garden of grasses and perennial flowers, the soft and flowing forms of which are a great contrast to the solid immobile rocks that dominate the space. The garden changes with the seasons, but the timeless rock structure remains a constant.&quot;</p>			<p><a href="https://www.flickr.com/people/8142229@N08/">ktmqi</a> posted a photo:</p>
	
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<p>&quot;The lower walls are fifteen feet, built with an angle tower by the McCarthys of Muskerry. It was subsequently occupied at one time by Cormac McCarthy, King of Munster, who is said to have supplied four thousand men from Munster to supplement the forces of Robert the Bruce at the battle of Bannockburn in 1314. Legend has it that the latter king gave half of the Stone of Scone to McCarthy in gratitude. This, now known as the Blarney Stone, was incorporated in the battlements where it can now be kissed.&quot;<br />
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If you look up at the battlements you can see a small opening to the left where you can see the sky peeking through. This is where the intrepid tourist, not me, hangs backward over the edge of the parapet to kiss the Blarney Stone. Safety is not a big concern and it is a ling way down.</p>			<p><a href="https://www.flickr.com/people/8142229@N08/">ktmqi</a> posted a photo:</p>
	
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<p>A fox in the foliage.</p>			<p><a href="https://www.flickr.com/people/8142229@N08/">ktmqi</a> posted a photo:</p>
	
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<p>Not marked this stone on plinth bears a striking resemblance to the &quot;Bremar&quot; stone at the Queen Elizabeth Memorial Garden in New York.</p>			<p><a href="https://www.flickr.com/people/8142229@N08/">ktmqi</a> posted a photo:</p>
	
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<p>The Seven Sisters<br />
<br />
&quot;Legend tells of a famous King of Munster who once ruled these lands. He had seven daughters and two sons. His rival was also a powerful clan chief and the time came when the king had to defend his lands. One fateful day the army rode out to battle with the king and his two sons at the head of it. Although victorious, it came at a great cost, as both sons were killed in the fighting. The army marched back to the castle, on route passing the ancient druid's stone circle that had stood for millennia. The king dispatched a contingent of men to the sacred site and in his grief he instructed them to push over two of the nine standing stones. This would forever commemorate his two fallen sons. The seven sisters remain standing to this day....<br />
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The Seven Sisters now form the central feature of a garden of grasses and perennial flowers, the soft and flowing forms of which are a great contrast to the solid immobile rocks that dominate the space. The garden changes with the seasons, but the timeless rock structure remains a constant.&quot;</p>			<p><a href="https://www.flickr.com/people/stevensid57/">ivanstevensphotography</a> posted a photo:</p>
	
<p><a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevensid57/48484069807/" title="Blarney Castle"><img src="https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48484069807_5bd5bdf86b_m.jpg" width="185" height="240" alt="Blarney Castle" /></a></p>

<p>I took this image at Blarney Castle in Ireland. The light at the first part of the day was beautiful but the heavens opened up and and rain stopped play. Well worth a visit.</p>
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