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Kissing the Blarney Stone

No trip to Ireland is complete without a visit to the infamous Blarney Stone.  It was a chilly day in June of 1994 at Blarney Castle, but the lines moved quickly and we all received our dose of eloquence by kissing the Blarney Stone.  While at the Blarney Castle, visit at least one of the many garden areas. The Bog Garden features two waterfalls.  There is also a walking trail for a one-hour stroll through the grounds.

Blarney Castle, Ireland

Blarney Castle, Ireland

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Blarney Woolen Mills

A trip to Blarney Castle (or even to County Cork, for that matter), would not be complete without a visit to the 60,000 square feet of shopping in the Blarney Woolen Mills. Beautiful authentic Irish wovens, ceramics, and souvenirs are such a delight to explore at leisure after a visit to the castle and gardens.

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Blarney Castle Scenery

My visit to Ireland in 1994 was one of my early adventures.  The town of Sneem was a stop on our tour of the Ring of Kerry. This town has a beautiful stream running through the town.  Sneem is not a common name and the origins are unknown. Perhaps it was originally named An tSnaidhm, which is an Irish term that translates to “The Knot” in English. The complexity of the river’s path is similar to the twists and turns of a knot (or wound cords of yarn). In this photo, the River Sneem is making way towards Kenmare Bay.

Sneem, Ireland

Ocean View, Ireland

The western edge of Ireland provides scenic landscape views like this one, another favorite photo.

Irish Seashore

 

Photo Tip

Select a photographer for your moment of kissing the Blarney Stone.  Choose wisely, or you’ll get a memorial photo like this one! The technique for the “kissing” is interesting. While guided by a local expert, I laid down on the concrete of the castle’s upper level. Then it’s a tilt of the head to move underneath the legendary stone of the Blarney Castle. One quick kiss and then the guide lifted me back to upright seated position and the gift of gab had been fully bestowed.

Kissing the Blarney Stone

For me, much of the “gab” is in my writing. I’m still somewhat shy in large groups but will talk on and on and on and on in small groups or among friends.

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The Crochet Getaway blog began as a way for me to write about my hobby and connect with other crafters at events and conferences. It has grown to so much more as I've reignited my passion for writing and exploring. This site guides crocheting enthusiasts to training and networking events in fabulous international destinations. Crochet Getaway has a Facebook social media site with more than 1,500 happy followers. My corporate career and my vacation getaways provide travel opportunities that I enjoy sharing with my readers. In addition to being the founder and editor of Crochet Getaway, I blog about travel and side gig income (for travel) at www.cabinsorcastles.com and my writing portfolio is posted at www.gwyngoodrow.com.
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