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