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“Blarney Castle, as viewed by the visitor today, is the third to have been erected on this site. The first building in the tenth century was a wooden structure. Around 1210 A.D. this was replaced by a stone structure which had the entrance some twenty feet above the ground on the north face. This building was demolished for foundations. In 1446 the third castle was built by Dermot McCarthy, King of Munster of which the keep still remains standing.”
Queen Elizabeth

The Earl of Leicester was commanded by Queen Elizabeth I to take possession of the castle. Whenever he endeavoured to negotiate the matter McCarthy always suggested a banquet or some other form of delay, so that when the queen asked for progress reports a long missive was sent, at the end of which the castle remained untaken. The queen was said to be so irritated that she remarked that the earl’s reports were all ‘Blarney’.
 
Excerpts taken from http://www.blarneycastle.ie/  
 
For more history of the Castle go to: http://www.blarneycastle.ie/history
 

We have been there twice and I never did kiss the Blarney Stone, but 2 of our daughters have and believe me either they come about it naturally, as the Kelly name implies we are a bit Irish, or they got it when they kissed the Blarney Stone….but it was amazing to be standing there with so much history surounding us….
 

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