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Blarney Castle

Blarney Castle





Location: County Cork
Tel: (021) 438 5252
Transport: bus: from Cork
May & Sep: Mon-Sat 9am - 6:30 pm, Sun 9:30am - 5:30pm
Jun-Aug: Mon-Sat 9am - 7pm, Sun 9:30am - 5:30pm
Oct-Apr: Mon-Sat 9am - 6pm, Sun 9:30am - 5pm




Description of Blarney Castle

Blarney Castle is located in the South Ireland in the Cork County, not far from the town of Cork. Blarney Castle was build in 1446 by Dermot McCarthy, the king of Munster, after original 12th century castle was destroyed. Strictly speaking it is not a castle, but rather a home that is really well defended. Unlike many other ruins this castle is preserved without much restoration that make more authentic. The wooded rotted away, but it is easy to see there the floors and ceilings once were. Each level and part of the castle has a label that tells of its purpose. The first floor was family room, second- banquet room. You can still see the remains of the fireplace strangely hanging on the wall of Blarney Castle. The third level is the chapel. And finally the very top of Blarney Castle is made for watchmen. It is also here that you can find the famous Blarney’s stone. Beautiful garden and landscape around the castle is a nice place for hiking and picnics.


Blarney Castle

Stairwell designed so that the defenders (presumably right- handed) will have advantage over attackers who walk up the stairs.

Blarney Castle 

1st floor - family room

2nd floor - banquet hall

3rd floor - chapel



Blarney Castle

Blarney stone. In 1314, Dermot's ancestor, Cormac McCarthy, sent 4,000 of his subjects from Munster to help Robert Bruce at the Battle of Bannockburn, where he fought with the English king Edward II. Bruce won and, as a sign of appreciation, gave Cormack half of the Skunk stone, on which the kings of Scotland were crowned in antiquity. The stone was mounted in the wall of the castle, and, as legend has it, the one who kisses the stone will gain the gift of eloquence.





Blarney Castle is the third fortress built on this site. The first building was wooden and dates from the 10th century. Around 1210, a stone fortress was built instead. Subsequently, it was destroyed and in 1446, Dermot McCarthy, the ruler of Manster, built on this site the third castle in a row, which has survived to this day.

In the 16th century, Queen Elizabeth I wanted to take over the castle. She sent Earl of Leicester, her trusted man, to Blarney. But whenever he tried to agree on the surrender of the castle, McCarthy arranged a feast for the royal messenger or devised other ways to take time. When the queen demanded a report from Leicester on his successes, he escaped with a long letter, full of ornate expressions. As a result, the castle was never transferred to the queen.

In the 17th century, the castle was besieged by Lord Brogill, the military commander of Cromwell. During the siege, the castle walls were badly damaged. But when Brogill and his people entered the castle, it turned out that its inhabitants, having captured all the most valuable (including gold plate), left through the Badger Caves - a system of underground passages arranged under the castle. One of the branches of Badger Caves led to the lake. The new owner Blarney tried to drain the lake, deciding that it was there that the fugitives threw golden tableware, but to no avail - there was nothing at the bottom of the lake.




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