Thursday, April 14, 2011

Ireland - Part 4 Cobh, Queenstown, Blarney Castle

Just another perfect day in Ireland.
This is a restored Victorian train station that is now a restaurant and shops.
Here we are visiting Queenstown and Cobh (pronounced Cork).  Cobh was the single most important point of emigration from Ireland.  It's also where the Titanic embarked on it's maiden voyage.
The statue is of Annie Moore  and her brothers. Annie was the first Irish emigrant to be processed in the newly opened  Ellis Island.  If you want to learn more about this place click here.
Our next stop was the Jameson Heritage Centre.
I think this is an old mash still.
Hitting the shops.  Unfortunately the tweed cap did not come home with us.
We got a tour of the distillery and got to see the way Jameson is produced.  I don't remember much but you can read all about wort, bourbon butts, mashing, milling and malting here.

Then it was time for a whiskey tasting.  
We really did like Jameson the best. (We're not whiskey drinkers but it was still fun)
You can print out your own mat here and try it yourself.
We were treated to a delicious lunch after the whiskey tasting.  
We were probably feeling kind of sleepy but off we went to Blarney Castle (in a tour bus!)
Some views of and from Blarney.
It was built over 600 years ago.

 Your turrets are showing.
You have to buy tickets to climb all the way up and of course that is where you can kiss the Blarney Stone (as my husband is bravely doing). It looks scary..your head falls down through an opening with nothing below it (and you are up very high) and you're being held by a burly worker as you grab the bars and kiss the stone.  It's not like you're going to fall through but...I was too chicken to try it. 
 I also have neck issues and that looked like it might aggravate them.
If you kiss someone who has kissed the blarney stone you also get the gift of gab (or eloquence) so I wasn't left out.
Here's a better view of how it looks.
As I was reading about Blarney Castle I found out that they used to hold you by your ankles to kiss the stone!!
More stunning views from the top!
There was a really pretty park around the castle.
The other side of the castle.

Have you had enough castles yet?  I hope not!
If you want to catch up with the rest of our trip, you can here.

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Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Heather, lucky you to tour Ireland. That is one place besides France I would love to visit. Would have been no problem if the economy hadn't gone belly up three years ago.

You daughter is beautiful and what an artist!

Life in Rehab said...

Is there such a thing as getting your fill of castles? Bring it on, Heather; I'll grab some Jameson's!

Anonymous said...

How fun! What awesome shots!

Peggy said...

Thanks for another wonderful Irish tour, and no, never get tired of castles. Lived in Germany for three years and never tired of the wonderful old dwellings. I'll be here for the next episode. Peggy

Toni said...

My Mom met a guy at work who's mother was from Ireland. He told her a story about the Blarney Stone. You should read it on my blog. Here:

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