My Sandwich for your Castle

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Let’s start on the obvious, the castle.

The castle was built by the local lord Cormac MacCarthy, other tourists find it disappointing being relatively small compare to the other castles (He must be in tight budget perhaps). The castle itself sits on a cliff of rock, serving as an excavation site for the castle. The castle structure implied that it was built in two stages; the right hand is a thin tall tower. The castle can actually be viewed in many angles; one of the good angles would be from the North Wall, giving the most imposing view of the castle, with walls that seems to slope inward. One can also immediately spot an encased large bay window projecting from a wall and supported by a corbel or bracket, which is actually the Earl’s bedroom window. There are also three large square holes as outlets for garderobes, and before you google the meaning of it, apparently it was built downwind :p

 

The castle obviously back then was of great importance especially during the time of Queen Victoria I. She sent an emissary to the chief of MacCarthy clan to surrender to her the rights to the castle. The poor emissary, every time he tried to fulfill his mission, he was faced with endless nonsense, eloquent but without substance loyalty to the queen statements from the chieftain. The queen in frustration said: "Blarney, Blarney, what he says he does not mean. It is the usual Blarney."  And thanks to Queen Victoria I, the new word was formed:Blarney!

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Blarney in blur
Blarney in blur
Blarney in Bad mood
Blarney in Bad mood
The North Wall and my Fave Gardero…
The North Wall and my Fave Garder…
Queen V and Blarney
Queen V and Blarney
Blarney in autumn....so green
Blarney in autumn....so green
Blarney
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