|St Anne's Shandon Church Bell Cords|
|The Firkin Crane, Shandon, Cork|
|The Chimes Bar is situated next to Shandon's St Anne's Church, Cork|
On the way out of Cork City I took this photo of Atkins Hall as its now known, a Gothic style landmark building built c.1852. It's the longest building in Ireland (it was originally designed as three separate buildings but these were later joined together). It used to be called Eglinton Lunatic Asylum (the second asylum built in Ireland) and is rumoured to be quite thoroughly haunted by its previous inhabitants :)
|Atkins Hall, Cork - a former Lunatic Asylum built in 1852|
|Blackrock Castle, Cork|
Built between 1828 & 1829, Blackrock Castle is now owned by the Cork City Council. It's main draw card apart from being a stunning looking castle, is it's astronomical observatory which is housed inside & it's dungeon tours. It is situated just 3 miles east of Cork City on Castle Road in Blackrock.
|Belvelly Castle, nr Cobh, Co. Cork|
|The original pier where Titanic was moored prior to its departure, Cobh, Co. Cork|
Annie Moore was the first immigrant to the United States to pass through the Ellis Island facility in New York Harbour. She departed from Cobh, accompanied by her brothers Phillip & Anthony, aboard the steamship Nevada on January 1, 1892, her fifteenth birthday.
|The Navigator Sculpture, Cobh, Co. Cork|
|Cobh, Co. Cork|
|The town of Cobh with St Colman's cathedral towering above, Co. Cork|
|Colourful Cobh, Co. Cork|
While you're in Cobh., it's worth visiting the Cobh Heritage Centre [right next to Annie Moore's Sculpture]. Here you'll learn about the mass immigration from Ireland, especially during the famine. From 1848 – 1950 over 6 million adults and children emigrated from Ireland – over 2.5 million departed from Cobh, making it the single most important port of emigration in Ireland. As well, there are areas of the museum dedicated to both the The Titanic & Lusitania disasters.
|Jameson's, Midleton, Co. Cork|
|Jameson's Whiskey Distillery, Midleton, Co. Cork|
|The Jameson Whiskey Distellery, Midleton, Co. Cork|
An easy drive from Cobh & we were in Midleton, the town where the original Jamieson’s Whiskey Distillery stands. It is here also where Paddy Old Irish Whiskey is brewed, although to my disappointment, there was very few Paddy Whiskey souvenirs to be seen in the Jameson gift shop.
|Paddy Old Irish Whiskey, brewed at the Jameson Distillery, Midleton, Co. Cork|
|Blarney Castle, Blarney, Co. Cork|
|Window taken from inside Blarney Castle, Co. Cork|
|Looking over the grounds of Blarney Castle, Co. Cork|
|Looking out from Blarney Castle, Co. Cork|
|Looking up at where the Blarney stone is situated, Blarney Castle, Co. Cork|
It is believed that whoever kisses the Blarney Stone receives the gift of vocal eloquence [gift of the gab as it's commonly referred to] & good luck. I'm not sure if I need any more of either, but thought I might as well give it a go.
|Kissing the Blarney Stone|
|Carved Chair, Blarney Castle, Co. Cork|
While there’s alot of ‘blarney’ around the whole Blarney experience & despite the ungainliness of it all, I have to say, I am glad I did the whole kissing the stone thing just once. It was a good laugh.... for everyone else watching that is!
|Polar Explorers Timothy & Mortimer McCarthy, Kinsale, Co. Cork|
Back in Kinsale, we happened upon the sculptures of two Co. Cork men, Timothy & Mortimer McCarthy, both of whom, joined polar expeditions in the Antarctic. Timothy McCarthy joined Sir Ernest Shackleton's expedition on the Endurance & was trapped in pack ice for 15 moths. Mortimer McCarthy joined Capt. Robert Falcon Scott's expedition on the Aurora & then the ill-fated expedition on the Terra Nova to the South Pole. Mortimer settled & lived his life in New Zealand.
Before heading back to our B&B, we took in the picturesque seafront just as dusk fell.
|Kinsale at Dusk|
|Kinsale at Dusk, Co. Cork|