BLARNEY CASTLE,   COUNTY CORK,  IRELAND............! by Roy  Massicks



We had heard so much about Blarney Castle it was a delight to actually see it in person. I did not kiss the Blarney stone – my wife lovingly said I was mouthy enough without it ……! We spent an hour or two here on our coach tour in 1997.

PENTAX – P30N 35mm camera.
From a faded print digitised and restored in black and white.


  • georgieboy98
    georgieboy98about 3 years ago

    You SURE you didn’t kiss the Blarney Stone? Could have fooled me!!! A great piece of work getting this photo back up to scratch but I’m glad you did because I love old castles. I am descended from the original owners of Dudley Castle in Worcestershire. If you promise not to make any rude comments I can tell you that it is now a zoo! And a haunted one at that!

  • Fooled the wife too Peter !! I wouldn’t dream of commenting on your ancestors castle now being a ZOO!?! considering, Mossocke Hall ( old spelling of Massicks) is now a GOLF CLUB !

    – Roy Massicks

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...about 3 years ago

    Gosh dear Roy what a very impressive castle, and you have given it a wonderful treatment.x

  • Many thanks Catherine – not big as castles go but hugely impressive in a terrific area to visit. Thank you also for the favourite !

    – Roy Massicks

  • Elaine Teague
    Elaine Teagueabout 3 years ago

    Well done on the restoration Roy. I was told I didn’t need to kiss the stone as well. Didn’t quite know how to take that.

  • Thank you very much Elaine. The difference between you and I is, you have the gift of the gab, I have the gift of the gob……lol !

    – Roy Massicks

  • tunna
    tunnaabout 3 years ago

    What a stunning image Roy.I really love the atmosphere you have achieved with this one mate.Great B&W treatment

  • Thank you very much Neil – I think the stone places look so much better in b & w.

    – Roy Massicks

  • Thank you also for the favourite Neil.

    – Roy Massicks

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELabout 3 years ago

    beautiful work Roy… a lovely image.

  • Thank you so much Andrea – the old stone work on castles always seems to benefit from a tweak to bring out the atmosphere. The only things missing are the bats and ravens flying around… !

    – Roy Massicks

  • julie08
    julie08about 3 years ago

    Great work Roy :)

  • Many thanks Julie – we enjoyed seeing so many places like this in Ireland on our travels.

    – Roy Massicks

  • lynn carter
    lynn carterabout 3 years ago

    I went to Cork for my son’s wedding, intending to do the tourist bit, l got sick and had to spend the week in hospital lol xx

  • Such a shame Lynn – good excuse to go back again ! It is one place you can’t afford to miss and looks just a good on a rainy day – dramatic !

    – Roy Massicks

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47about 3 years ago

    Well, even if you didn’t physically go arse-over-teacup to smack that stone… you have that gift of gab. Me too, but you knew that. I’ve never seen this place, but it has always captured my imagination. And you’ve captured it, sure & begorrah, etc. Great work, Roy.

  • Thank you so much Sheila – re gift of the gab – Jamie thinks we both have the gift of the gob……lol !
    I take that as a compliment, you should too.

    – Roy Massicks

  • Glenn Cecero
    Glenn Ceceroabout 3 years ago

    Wonderful work! Great image. Fav

  • Many thanks Glenn – both for your kind comments and the favourite !

    – Roy Massicks

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47about 3 years ago

    Hah hah! Jamie has accused me of being ‘verbose’ more often than I can count, & such compliments only spur me on to greater glory. I take absolutely EVERYTHING as a compliment; life’s too short to do otherwise!

  • Give Jamie ’ stick ’ Sheila – he’s now accusing me of looking like one of his sheep……lol !

    – Roy Massicks

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