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Blarney Castle near Cork

Blarney Castle near Cork

Blarney Castle was originally constructed from wood in the 12th century. It was later replaced by a stone fortification around 1210AD. After its destruction in 1446, the castle was rebuilt by Cormac Laidir MacCarthy, Lord of Muskerry.

The castle was seized by Lord Broghill in 1646 during the Irish Confederate Wars. After the restoration it was restored to Donough MacCarty, the 1st Earl of Clancarty. His descendent, the 4th Earl of Clancarty, was captured in the Williamite war and all his lands, including Blarney Castle, were confiscated. It was sold a number of times before the Governor of Cork, Sir James St John Jefferyes purchased it.

The mansion built by the Jefferyes family beside the keep was destroyed by fire in 1820. The Jefferyes family intermarried with the Cothurst family and in 1874 Lady Colthurst, completed a new castle in the Scottish baronial style, which is now known as Blarney House.

Blarney Castle is of course famous for its Blarney Stone, which according to legend bestows the gift of eloquence on any who kiss it. Legend has it that Robert the Bruce gave half of the Stone of Scone to Cormac McCarthy to reward him for his support in the Battle of Bannockburn, and that this stone was incorporated into the battlements. Another legend tells that it is none other than the Lia Fáil – a magical stone upon which the kings of Ireland were crowned.

The castle and grounds are open to the public all year round.  The grounds also contain numberous other attractions, such as the rock close gardens, lake walk, dungeons and caves.

For more information please visit the Blarney Castle website.







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