Monthly Archives: January 2011
Oh how I dread these cold and grey January weeks right after Christmas. There is no better way to brighten up this sad melancholic time than with the help of a nice relaxing pampering weekend. County Wicklow is the perfect backdrop for such a getaway. Continue reading
Nothing planned yet for next weekend? I have a great idea for those who love music, dancing and singing: Come to Dublin and visit the Temple Bar Trad Fest! Find out more… Continue reading
Last week, we gave you some ideas on how to beat the January Blues – and here is one more: head South to County Cork to visit Blarney Castle, 8 km northwest from Cork city …. and kiss the famous Blarney Stone!!
A bit of history
The Castle has not always been as it is nowadays. It’s actually the third monument that was built on the site. The first building in the tenth century was a wooden structure that was replaced in 1200 by a stone structure which had the entrance some twenty feet above the ground!! This building was demolished and finally in 1446 the actual castle was built by Dermot McCarthy, King of Munster.