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Blarney Castle, Ireland

An exterior of the Blarney Castle
Blarney Castle, Ireland, the real life Tir Asleen

If you want to feel like Madmartigan entering Tir Asleen for the first time, minus the disappointment, then Blarney Castle, in Blarney, Ireland is the place for you. This isn’t a pristine, restored castle, or a château pretending to be a castle, this is the real deal. This castle has fortified stone walls, lookout towers, creepy caves and most important of all, a magical relic, the Blarney Stone.

A View From Atop Blarney Castle
This tower on the outer edge the keep would provide excellent protection from humans and zombies

The castle has a history before the current layout, mainly of wood structures that were destroyed, but the current keep and majority of the towers were built in the mid 15th century. The castle saw many wars, and changed hands many times, which is partly the cause of the current state of partial ruin. But one thing in this castle has remained the same, the magical Stone of Eloquence, or The Blarney Stone.

The Blarney Stone is a smooth greenish blue stone built into the wall on the upper level of the castle keep. You will have to climb to the top and wait in line to kiss this stone, a stone that purportedly gives the kisser the gift of eloquent speech. Once at the top you don’t get to simply kiss a stone, you have to lay on your back and wiggle over the edge of the keep to lock your lips with the stone. There are a couple of guys there that will help you out, hoping you will buy a picture from them. They obviously haven’t kissed the stone because they didn’t talk me into buying a picture.

Surrounding the castle are a lot of paths to hike and parks to hang out in. This really is a place you should plan to spend all day at. Admission for adults is 10€, students 8€.

Line Leading To The Famous Blarney Stone
While waiting in line to kiss the Blarney stone, which is a little unsanitary, you can imagine pouring burning oil on humans invading your keep
A Room Inside The Castle
The interior of one of the rooms in the castle; there are no windows.
A View From Atop Blarney Castle
If you choose to climb to the top of Blarney Castle, you can see the beautiful park, and how easy it would have been to shoot arrows at people

Blarney Castle Map

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