Slobbing your gob on the famous Blarney Stone!
Trip Start Feb 15, 2008
60Trip End May 31, 2008
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These rides are extremely popular; there were horse and carriage after horse and carriage trotting around the park and the vistas of the town's cathedral, lakes, mountains, woodlands, moor lands, open fields, gardens and the odd castle made for fantastic scenery
Back to the bus and our destination today was the famous Blarney Castle to pucker up to its famous Blarney Stone and receive seven years of the gift of the gab. Well you may be thinking 'what a load of blarney blarney blarney' and that's exactly what it's all about. The story goes that during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I it was customary that estate holders provide food and lodging in the estate's castle with the flags of the approaching army displayed to welcome them as requested. This proved to be something of a problem for one such estate holder by the name of McCarthy who frequently enjoyed a bit of drink and a party and was never prepared for the arrival of the approaching armies; no food and no flags. This became such a problem that a particular general informed Her Majesty the Queen and a warrant was issued for McCarthy's arrest
Now McCarthy was not one for witches and their crooked ways though he didn't want to upset the woman for fear that his cows may stop producing milk and all other manner of misfortune that may come upon him should he not do as she requested. So he got the stone back to his castle, had it mounted in the place where it still sits and gave it a peck. Moments later a regiment of the Queen's army arrived to arrest him and take him to the Queen so he may explain his lack of compliance in providing hospitality to her soldiers. Apparently it is recorded that McCarthy spoke for 14 hours continuously and at the end of this time all had fallen asleep bar the Queen who managed to keep only one eye open. The Queen ordered that McCarthy return home and that his castle be renamed Blarney Castle in accordance with his endless ramblings.
On hearing this story many came from far and wide to kiss the stone and also receive this blessing and the McCarthys have enjoyed a steady income ever since from tourists and the like. Blarney Castle is situated in County Cork which is the largest county in Ireland. The castle itself is situated amongst lovely gardens and a bubbling brook passes through its grounds.
As our bus approached Dublin we began to hit the afternoon congestion so I left our bus and group and joined the tram which took me straight into the city's bus station. I then transferred to the airport express bus which was exceptionally fast and reached the airport via one of the city's roadway tunnels. I then boarded my flight to London where I stayed overnight before joining a tour of a number of countries on the European continent.