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Staircase Inside Blarney Castle.

"After what seems an eternity, the heavy door of my cell is flung back.... There is a faint fire guttering on the hearth at the other end of the room, a great ironbound door of wood, and thin slits that open to the outside, windows that show only the night’s blackness. Closer to me are the instruments of pain." -- from the novel Sinful Folk

Blarney House, Blarney, County Cork, Ireland | Buhler's World, on Flickr. "Blarney Castle (Irish: Caisleán na Blarnan) is a medieval stronghold in Blarney, near Cork, Ireland, & the River Martin. The keep was built by the MacCarthy of Muskerry dynasty, a cadet branch of the Kings of Desmond, & dates from 1446. The noted Blarney Stone is found among the machicolations of the castle." #historic #castle #house #estate #architecture #design #ireland #europe #travel #photography

The Wishing Stairs on the grounds of Blarney Castle, County Cork, Ireland. Wishing steps, grounds of Blarney Castle, County Cork, Ireland

(Foaty Tower, Co. Cork., Ireland) Man! I wish walls could talk! I'd love to fix up a beautiful old home someday, fill it up with a family and restore the love it once held!


The Story We Carry in Our Bones: Irish History for Americans (Hardcover)

More than forty million Americans claim Irish ancestry. This lively book explains how and why they got to the U.S. and shows how their history made them who they are. From prehistoric Ireland to Irish