Blarney Castle Hotel
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- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Room service
- Free parking
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... centuries ago its notoriety was elevated to icon status when statesmen and world famous dignitaries became part of the procession of pilgrims who came to Blarney Castle to kiss the stone, the result of which would give the kisser the "gift of eloquence," ensuring the one so anointed would never be at a loss for words. What politician could pass up even a remote possibility that that legend was true.
... In order to be able to actually kiss the stone you have to climb the narrow winding castle staircase then lean backwards over the edge. Now there is an assistant and iron guide rails, but back in the day people were hung by their ankles over the edge. I think I would have passed if I had to dangle by my ankles upside down. I did get to kiss it today, fingers crossed for no communicable diseases.
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... space over the "window" at the very top and center of the castle is where the stone is located and where you lean over backwards to kiss.
... man). This statue of a Norman knight in full armour is carved from a single slab of limestone. It is over two metres in height and is the tallest such effigy in Ireland or Britain. The Knight has his legs crossed (possibly signifying that he had been on the Crusades), and wears a fine suit of chain mail, spurs and is accompanied by a sword ...
... check-in for our two night stay. After chatting about Irish surnames with the friendly desk clerk, we took her advice (and our hotel discount) to grab a pint at the Shelbourne pub. We walked for the first time in the drizzly cold across the river to the pub, narrowly missing being involved in a protest along the way. Rufio relished his first pint of Guinness in Ireland (it does taste better there) while Ryan made headway on his quest to 300 different types of beer logged on his Untapped ...