BLARNEY CASTLE, OLD ENGLISH MARKET & GOUGAN BARRA

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Blarney Castle

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We will collect you at your accommodation in Killarney and drive to Blarney Castle.  Home of the Blarney Stone, Blarney Castle was built nearly six hundred years ago by one of Ireland’s greatest chieftans, Cormac MacCarthy and has been attracting attention ever since.

Over the last few hundred years, millions have flocked to Blarney making it a world landmark and one of Ireland’s most treasured sites. This may have something to do with the Blarney Stone, the legendary Stone of Eloquence, found at the top of the tower. The old saying goes…

“Kiss the Blarney Stone and you’ll never again be lost for words.”

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Blarney New 1

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Oratory

St Finbarr's

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English Market Cork

English Market Cork 1916 2016

St Fininians

After Blarney Castle, we will take the short journey to the Old English Market in Cork City.  The original Grand Parade market opened in August 1788 and is a unique and nice location for lunch.

After lunch, we will commence our journey back to Gougane Barra. The area of Gougane Barra can be visited at any time of the year but it is especially beautiful in the Summer months.

On entering Gougane Barra you are met with the natural beauty of the hills which tower over Gougane Barra Lake and then the  well known St Finbarr’s Oratory or Small Church out in the Lake on the little island all on its own. Just behind the Oratory are the remains of St Finbarr’s monastery from the 6th century, with beautiful old stations of the cross above the ancient prayer cells.

It was here that St Finbarr spent time, before making his way to Cork. The Oratory has some lovely stained glass windows. Pilgrims still visit this holy site. During the Penal times people made their way to Gougane Barra for Mass and hence the many Mass Rocks around the West Cork area.  After our visit to Gougan Barra, we will return to Killarney.

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