ork City
                                              



Cork is the largest county in Ireland with Cork City being the third largest city in Ireland (after Dublin and Belfast). The Cork region of South West Ireland is one of the most popular vacation regions in Ireland. plus it offers the enticing opportunity to acquire the gift of gab by kissing the infamous Blarney Stone

According to legend, those who climb the stairs to the top of the castle and kiss the Blarney Stone are supposed to gain incredible powers of persuasion and the gift of eloquence ... but ... before you kiss the stone, you may want to consider this (also shown on a History Channel documentary on the same subject).

Be sure to visit the Blarney Woolen Mills on the grounds for a great selection of gifts, a bite to eat and some refreshing ice cream!

To get to the Cork Kerry region we took Railway Tours DH03: Cork, Blarney Castle, The Queenstown Story, Killarney and The Ring of Kerry, a two day tour, leaving from Heuston Station, Dublin.     

   

Panoramic view of Cork City.

 

The Blarney Castle, Blarney, County Cork, was originally a timber hunting lodge built in the 10th century, which was replaced by a stone castle in 1210. It is probably the most well known castle in Ireland because of the Blarney Stone.

 

   

 

 

Druid Cave

 

                           

 

The quaint town of Cobh (pronounced Cove) gained famed when the Titanic embarked on it's last  voyage  from Cobh harbour. Today Cobh is commonly known as 'Titanic Town'.  St. Coleman's Cathedral dominates the skyline with it's impressive position high up overlooking the harbour.  The Titanic Bar building once owned by White Star Line from which the last passengers tendered out to the Titanic is now a bar.

So you think it always rains in Ireland??  Just look at that beautiful blue sky!

    

 

 

 

 

 

Gargoyles

 

 

                                                                                             

                                                                                               

 

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