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Blarney Castle - County Cork, Ireland by Kim Roper
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Blarney History.
Blarney Castle, as viewed by the visitor today, is the third to have been erected on this site. The first building in the tenth century was a wooden structure. Around 1210 A.D. this was replaced by a stone structure which had the entrance some twenty feet above the ground on the north face. This building was demolished for foundations. In 1446 the third castle was built by Dermot McCarthy, King of Munster of which the keep still remains standing.

Cormac McCarthy, King of Munster
The lower walls are fifteen feet, built with an angle tower by the McCarthys of Muskerry. It was subsequently occupied at one time by Cormac McCarthy, King of Munster, who is said to have supplied four thousand men from Munster to supplement the forces of Robert the Bruce at the battle of Bannockburn in 1314. Legend has it that the latter king gave half of the Stone of Scone to McCarthy in gratitude. This, now known as the Blarney Stone, was incorporated in the battlements where it can now be kissed.

Blarney Castle Web Site

Comments

  • brummieboy
    brummieboyabout 7 years ago

    Delightful shot …..

  • Antanas
    Antanasabout 7 years ago

    Beautiful capture

  • Sharon Hammond
    Sharon Hammondabout 7 years ago

    I can see Rapunzel loving this one too

  • H Maria Perry
    H Maria Perryabout 7 years ago

    Beautiful photograph!

  • davidmilne
    davidmilneabout 7 years ago

    Fab light and shade!

  • Per E. Gunnarsen
    Per E. Gunnarsenabout 7 years ago

    Beautiful capture and place

  • Sean Farragher
    Sean Farragherabout 7 years ago

    beautiful shot

  • Larry Lingard-Davis
    Larry Lingard-...about 7 years ago

    Boy… Do I remember this.
    I climbed every step, and then had to bend over backwards to kiss the stone.
    But what a view from the top. Brilliant.

  • Larry Lingard-Davis
    Larry Lingard-...about 7 years ago

    Oh, and I realize that this is not the main castle…

  • Al Bourassa
    Al Bourassaabout 7 years ago

    Gorgeous work!

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