Blarney Castle and Killarney


Today was a relatively easy day. We started with a visit to the ruins of Blarney Castle. As most people know, the idea is to hang upside down from the ramparts to kiss the stone and ensure a lifetime of eloquence.  The idea of actually kissing the stone did not appeal to me but it is acceptable to just blow a kiss.  Afterward, I walked around the gardens. We then went on to do an orientation tour around the university city of Cork. It was also our lunch stop and, except for the local market, I did not find Cork particularly interesting. We then crossed the Derrynasaggart Mountains to the town of Killarney. The mountains here resembled the barren mountains in the Scottish Highlands.  In the evening,  we went to a local B&B where chef John Sheehan, who is an award winning chef and also a culinary instructor, showed us how to make a classic Irish tea cake.  We then had an excellent dinner of beef stew made by the chef and his wife Freda to end the day.  


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