Ireland – The Blarney Stone

– AUGUST 03, 2015

We have rented a car and headed south to Wexford to start our journey through Ireland from south to north in 12 days.  Wexford is a nice town with a beach nearby and some great ocean views.  It was quite windy when we got there (welcome to Ireland) but we still wandered the streets anyhow.

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Wexford city streets

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Wexford city streets

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Young Irish lads busking on the Wexford streets.

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One street just had this weird tunnel appear out of nowhere. It interested us, so we took this pic.

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The Church of Immaculate Conception was one large landmark in Wexford.

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The Church of Immaculate Conception entrance.

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Inside the Church of Immaculate Conception in Wexford.

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Inside the Church of Immaculate Conception in Wexford.

As you walk the streets you could see old Guinness signage from long ago…whether posters or just painted on the building walls.  These were in both Wexford and Tramore.

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Guinness signage in Wexford and Tramore.

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Guinness signage in Wexford and Tramore.

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There is a recommended coastal drive that starts at Tramore and extends to Cork. On this drive we came across the Tankardstown Engine House for an old & closed copper mine.

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There is a recommended coastal drive that starts at Tramore and extends to Cork. On this drive we came across the Tankardstown Engine House for an old & closed copper mine.

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There is a recommended coastal drive that starts at Tramore and extends to Cork. On this drive we came across the Tankardstown Engine House for an old & closed copper mine.

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There is a recommended coastal drive that starts at Tramore and extends to Cork. On this drive we came across the Tankardstown Engine House for an old & closed copper mine.

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There is a recommended coastal drive that starts at Tramore and extends to Cork. On this drive we came across the Tankardstown Engine House for an old & closed copper mine.

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There is a recommended coastal drive that starts at Tramore and extends to Cork. On this drive we came across the Tankardstown Engine House for an old & closed copper mine.

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The coastal drive on the south edge of Ireland had views like this that you just couldn’t beat.

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The coastal drive on the south edge of Ireland had views like this that you just couldn’t beat.

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The coastal drive on the south edge of Ireland had views like this that you just couldn’t beat.

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The coastal drive on the south edge of Ireland had views like this that you just couldn’t beat.

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The coastal drive on the south edge of Ireland had views like this that you just couldn’t beat.

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The coastal drive on the south edge of Ireland had views like this that you just couldn’t beat.

We finished this portion of the coastal drive and then drove north of Cork to Blarney to see the famous Blarney Castle and kiss the Blarney Stone!

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At the Blarney Castle grounds.

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At the Blarney Castle grounds.

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At the Blarney Castle grounds.

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At the Blarney Castle grounds.

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Your initial view walking up to the Blarney Castle.

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The Blarney Castle secret escape tunnel.

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The Blarney Castle secret escape tunnel.

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The Blarney Castle secret escape tunnel.

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The Blarney Castle secret escape tunnel.

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Blarney Castle grounds walking path.

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Blarney Castle grounds well.

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Blarney Castle grounds well.

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Blarney Castle grounds.

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Blarney Castle waterfall.

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Blarney Castle grounds.

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Blarney Castle grounds horse cemetery.

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Blarney Castle grounds horse cemetery.

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Blarney Castle grounds.

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Blarney Castle grounds.

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Blarney Castle grounds.

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Blarney Castle grounds.

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Blarney Castle lake.

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Blarney Castle lake.

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Blarney Castle lake.

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Blarney Castle lake.

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Blarney Castle grounds.

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Blarney Castle grounds.

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Blarney Castle grounds.

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Blarney Castle grounds.

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Blarney Castle grounds.

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Blarney Castle grounds.

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Blarney Castle grounds.

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Blarney Castle

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Blarney Castle

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Blarney Castle

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Blarney Castle

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Blarney Castle

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Blarney Castle

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Blarney Castle

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Blarney Castle

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Blarney Castle

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Blarney Castle

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Blarney Castle

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Blarney Castle

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Blarney Castle

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Blarney Castle

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Blarney Castle

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Blarney Castle

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Blarney Castle

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Blarney Castle

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Blarney Castle

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Blarney Castle

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Blarney Castle

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Blarney Castle

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Blarney Castle

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Blarney Castle

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Blarney Castle

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Blarney Castle

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Blarney Castle

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Kissing the Blarney Stone!

Kissing the Blarney Stone

Kissing the Blarney Stone!

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Blarney Castle

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Blarney Castle

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Blarney Castle

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Blarney Castle

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Blarney Castle

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Blarney Castle

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Blarney Castle Poison Garden

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Blarney Castle Poison Garden (this is the stuff Walter White made ricin out of on Breaking Bad).

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Blarney Castle Poison Garden

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Blarney Castle Poison Garden

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Blarney Castle Poison Garden

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Blarney Castle Poison Garden

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Blarney Castle

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Blarney Castle prisoner cages

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Blarney Castle

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Blarney Castle

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Blarney Castle

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Blarney Castle

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Blarney Castle

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Blarney Castle

Jill didn’t want to kiss the Blarney Stone, but I certainly did it.  It took hours to go through the whole Blarney grounds, but it was well worth the trip.

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For more photos of our adventure go to our flickr account here.

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