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Cobh  &  Cork, Ireland

(Fri-Aug 14) Our next port at Cobh (pronounced Cove). We got on a bus and went to Blarney Castle located in the town of Cork. The following photos are taken through the bus window of Cobh on our way to Cork and Blarney Castle.

 

We were surprised to see that parking in either direction was allowed on a street.

Did I mention that some of the street were very narrow?

A lot of cars looked like rolling billboards. Following our tour of the castle we returned to Cork, where Blarney Castle is located, and walked around the town.

 

Annie Moorr is a revered person in Ireland. She reported to be the first Irish immigrant to America. She either illustrated with her two children or as a peddler as show in the statue below.

 

We were going to climb the stairs to kiss the Blarney Stone but changed our minds when we learned that we would be climbing through a narrow low passage up a one way staircase. (One person goes up after another person comes down.) There were 127 steps to traverse. We decided that it just wasn’t worth the effort. If there had been only 125 steps then we might have reconsidered.

It's a walk of about 1/4 mile to get from the bus stop to the castle.

Blarney Castle is a bit nondescript as far as castles go. We did take the walk to the castle to get some photos as well as stroll through the gardens adjacent to it. When we were done with that we walked to the woolens store and looked at the merchandise in the tourist traps. Again, it was overcast all day. day.

 After climbing to the top the guest is given the privilege of laying on their back, leaning over and then kissing the Blarney Stone. Tradition has it that whoever kisses the Blarney Stone will receive the gift of a nimble tongue, blessed with eloquent speech and persuasive ability. The stone itself is somewhat of a celebrity. One legend says that it came from the Holy Land during the Crusades. Another says that it is half of the Stone of Scone, which is presently in Edinburgh Castle. Early Scottish kings were  crowned upon this stone, and receive special powers from it.

We decided that for the thousands of people who had recently kissed the stone, and it hadn't been wiped clean, we had little need of a nimble tongue and that we would pass.

There is a home near the castle that one can tour. We didn't. The photo on the right is of the horse stables that served the  house. It is now abandoned.

Next to the castle are some gardens that cover about 40 acres. The following are some photos we took along the way.

We eventually returned to the bus stop and visited the woolen factory -- a big tourist trap. The prices in the shop were as large as some of the visitors. Above is what we would call a real economy car. Actually, it is a form of taxi.

When we returned to Cork we had the opportunity to again walk around the town. The above is one of their shopping malls.

As you can see, it was raining. We found refuge inside of another mall.

   

Street merchants are everywhere as are the musicians.

Eventually, we returned to the ship to sail to our next port of call, Dublin, Ireland.

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