Waking up in Kilkenny we took a final look at the hotel grounds and made for the famous Rock of Cashel. The Rock was an important religious site in Ireland for many centuries.We toured the area and looked at many of the remaining frescos. We also enjoyed the views from The Rock. We toured the restored choir hall and took a quick walk through the town.
Next stop was Blarney Castle to kiss the stone! I was surprised there wasn’t a major line to kiss the stone. Cinco and The Princess weren’t really interested in getting up close and personal with the stone– both because they thought it was scary and a little gross. While walking the grounds on the way to the castle, The Princess declared it was, ‘neither sanitary nor entertaining.’ Haha. I had to agree.
The Captain, however had childhood memories of kissing the stone. It seems his parents took him to Blarney back in the day and he even had a certificate to prove he had indeed kissed the stone.
I was forced to kiss the stone to provide a good example for the kiddos! But this didn’t help. Both kids made an attempt to kiss it, but neither could follow through. Personally, I don’t blame them. It wasn’t as gross as I thought it would be. We were traveling in the shoulder season, so maybe the crowds were fewer. But, the drop down is pretty unnerving. The Princess is only 6 and I do not think it WOULD HAPPEN, but I could see a senerio where she could have fallen through!!!
While castle is something of a tourist must do, it does have lovely and extensive grounds, including a tiki garden and fairy forest. We wondered for a little while but had to get a move on and meet the Cork Duggans.
You see part of my father’s family still lives in outside Blarney near Cork! He’s 100% Irish and even has an Irish passport! We Americans still keep contact and so of course we had to pay a visit.
The night was delightful and the Duggans all lived on the same road so MANY of the cousins came by. Even better there were some younger ones in hand for Cinco and The Princess to play with!!! We got to see their farm and share dinner.
We got to hear some family history and I even saws photo of another cousin (absent) who shared some facial features.
The kids started to get pooped so we had to depart around 10pm. But it was highlight of the trip meeting them!