• Departed our pleasant Guest House lodgings at Salmon Leap Farm about 0930.
  • Arrived at Blarney about 75 mins later.Our focus here was the ruined Blarney Castle to see (and kiss) the famous Blarney Stone. The stone is located atop the castle and kissing it is believed to confer a magical eloquence on the person involved. The famous stone is inconveniently located below the castle battlement entailing the visitor being grasped by the feet and then suspended backwards under the parapet to perform the kissing act.
  • After completing our tour of the castle and gardens we repaired to a nearby pub for some lunch.
  • After Blarney, we drove to nearby Cork where we checked into the hotel (Jury’s Inn) and after a short break went to visit the Queenstown Heritage Centre at Cobh (or Cove). Between 1848 and 1950 some 2.5 emigrants left Ireland from this port, mainly destined for U.S.A. and Canada. We toured the excellent Heritage Centre which tells the stories of emigration and associated hardships.
  • After Cobh we returned to Cork with the aim of visiting a certain store but after a fruitless attempt to find it discovered it had closed over 5 years ago! However, all was not lost as the search effort provided a useful insight into Cork city and the various riverside quays which in times past were a hive of industrial activity. We finished the day with a meal in a somewhat traditional (certainly not ‘touristy’) pub and then retired for the evening.

Tomorrow we head for Dublin via Waterford and Wexford.

Weather today proved, on balance, quite benign with some sunshine.

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