County Cork Journals

County Cork , Ireland - Full of Blarney :)

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An October 2002 trip to County Cork by Carmen

Kissing the Stone Photo, County Cork, Ireland More Photos
Quote: In our five-day driving tour of Ireland, County Cork was our first day trip, and our first impression of Ireland. It turned out to be a good impression and a good welcome to the Emerald Isle.

County Cork , Ireland - Full of Blarney :)

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Blarney Castle Photo, County Cork, Ireland
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So why make the trek to County Cork, when you can spend more time on the western coast? Two words for you - Blarney Stone. Ok, so it's corney, it's a tourist trap, but it's the Blarney Stone for pete's sake! What's a trip to Ireland without a little Blarey Stone kiss? Remember, your reward is the gift of eloquence, oh, and just having fun with the guy that holds your feet as you lean backwards into space to kiss a rock. :) This was one of my favorite things that we did on the whole trip! Also, I was really happy that we took time out to drive 20 minutes south on the N27 to the port town of Kinsale, with a short stint on R600. According to a cost of driving calculator I found, it only cost us 1....Read More

The White House

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Restaurant

The White House Photo, County Cork, Ireland
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The White House was our first dining experience in Ireland, and I think we picked a good place to start. Open since the 1850s, The White House is located in Kinsale, the gourmet capital of Ireland. ( Click here for my Kinsale journal. Kinsale is famous for its seafood, being on the coast of Ireland and all, so my friend ordered grilled haddock (local fish) that was delivered to our table with a shamrock garnish (how Irish!), chips (fries) and a salad for about 11 euros. I had traditional Irish shepards pie, garlic bread and hot chocolate for about 10 euros. Both of us raved the entire trip about that one meal, and told everyon...Read More

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Blarney Castle

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Attraction

Kissing the Stone Photo, County Cork, Ireland
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"There is a stone that whoever kisses, Oh! he never misses to grow eloquent 'Tis he may clamber to a lady's chamber, Or become a member of parliament." Francis Sylvester Mahony I found this on the Blarney Castle website Blarney Castle, and thought it captured the essence of why anyone would travel to County Cork, Ireland. The reason is to kiss the Blarney Stone, of course! Ah, but it's not that easy. First, you have to pay the entrance fee (which if I remember was about 6 euros)and then you have to tear yourself away from staring at the imposing castle set before you. Then, when you find the sign that says "to the stone" you...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 26, 2002

Blarney Castle/Blarney Stone

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Attraction | "Rock Close at Blarney Castle"

Blarney Castle/Blarney Stone Photo, Cork, Ireland
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You think you're through once you've toured the Blarney Castle and kissed the stone. Don't be so sure. On the grounds of the castle is the Blarney Rock Close. The Close is a gathering of ancient trees and stones, and the legend is that it is a garden of Druidic origin. When you're standing there, debating whether to venture into the dark cave in front of you, surrounded by rocks that are older than your entire country many times over, it does sort of make the little hairs on the back of your neck stand on end. Druidic? Can't say. A little eerie? That I can vouch for, but very beautfiul.

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Blarney Castle/Blarney Stone
Blarney Village Near the River Martin
Cork, Ireland
+353 21 438 5252

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353-214385280 - phone number We had just finished our jaunt up to the top of Blarney Castle to kiss the Blarney Stone so we were feeling very Irish. We'd recieved a map with our travel documents that was published in conjunction with Blarney Woolen Mills, and had a coupon on the map, so we decided to go look for some souvenirs. Hey, it was right accross the street from where we parked to visit the Castle, so why not? I was very disappointed in what I found. Don't get me wrong, if it's an Irish souvenir you want, Blarney Woolen Mills will likely have it. This is as close as they come in Ireland, it seems, to a strip ma...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 26, 2002

Town of Kinsale Photo, County Cork, Ireland
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If you're visiting the Cork and kissing the Blarney Stone, do that in the morning, then drive the short 20 minutes south to Kinsale for the best lunch you'll ever have. Kinsale has a long and varied history, serving as the location of a battle in 1601 that was key to Ireland's history, as well as a wine port for the British Navy (before it was the British Navy) back into the early 1400s. But you don't come to Kinsale for the history, you come for the food. Kinsale is the undisputed gourmet capital of Ireland, and is world-renowned for its fish and seafood. There is a Fine Food Festival in early October (which we un...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 26, 2002