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Blarney Castle and Kissing the Blarney Stone

In one of my first All Things Irish posts, I asked what you might like to read about.  One of the requests was for any and all castles.  So here’s the first – the quintessential Irish (at least to Americans) Blarney Castle, in my own County Cork. We lived only about 20 miles from the village of Blarney, though the drive took about 40 minutes.  A very pretty drive, but if you go, check GoogleMaps for basic directions first.  You’re on main roads all the way, so if your GPS says to take a side road (which ours did the first time), DO NOT LISTEN TO HER!  We left the main road, wound for miles on a tiny back lane, and then came out onto the same main road! The other fun thing about getting there, from Kinsale at least, is that one of the roads is painted with messages … Continue reading

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