Daily Archives: March 26, 2011

I Kissed the Blarney Stone – Blarney, Ireland

 

Blarney Castle

An early rise on Tuesday led us to Blarney. We walked around the Town, seeing a bird sanctuary, churches, Blarney Mills Shopping Center and of course Blarney Castle. The morning was crisp, but the walkways were “just beautiful”, as Mom would often state. The flowers, trees and water views were pretty impressive en route to the castle.

   Mom braves the Poison Garden  as we wait for the castle to open for viewing. It was interesting to learn about the different herbs and plants that are dangerous when consumed or if one comes in direct contact. I thought this was a nice value-added feature of this tourist attraction.

I kissed the Blarney Stone!

After walking the narrow stairways we reached the top. Wall panels noted the difference between Blarney & Baloney:

Baloney: Is when you tell a 50 year old she looks 18,

Blarney: Is when you ask a women how old she is, because you want to know what age women are most beautiful.

Kissing the blarney stone, apparently gives you the gift of eloquence. In fact, Winston Churchill kissed the blarney stone and was an outstanding orator.

The View from Above

I kissed the Blarney Stone. Now, I have ensured to have the gift of gab, if I had not previously mastered it. Imagine the droves of people that come from all over the world each year to kiss this stone.

Take the time to enjoy the views, castle and surrounding gardens.

Live Rural NL 0

Christopher Mitchelmore

 

A quiet evening at the Pub – Cork, Ireland

 

The Corner House The decor

 
After a great meal in Culinary Cork, we walked the streets enjoying the shops, buildings and of course the pub culture. 
 
The Corner House was recommended by a local to have a more a very relaxed experience in the company of locals.
 

The decor

 The outside tile, creates an colourful invitation of music and artistic talent as one walks into this classic pub.
 
The walls are papered with postcards, bills in many currencies and of varying demoninations. Your curiousities come to life as your eyes run rapid from ceiling to wall.   

Enjoying a Pint of Beamish!

 
 The bartender was quite the chap. He ran a good operation and told us a few stories, as he poured me up a pint of Beamish on a Monday night. This was my Mom’s first night in Ireland and we christened it with local beer in a quiet pub lots of locals dropping in an out for a pint. There were many conversations to be had by all.

Another Pub...one promoting Guinness

Good music, good grub, good company and good drink in a comfortable space. It is time for Rural Newfoundland & Labrador to embrace pub culture. Pubs feel like a local kitchen party, once a common past-time. The local lounge, club and bar should consider adapting to be more generationally friendly, especially with a rural aging population.

 
 Make the pub a social commons, a meeting place to connect communities across generations, sharing stories of today, yesterday and tomorrow.
 
Live Rural NL 0
Christopher Mitchelmore

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