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Blarney Castle, Co. Cork

Blarney Castle, Co. Cork
Blarney Castle, pictured in 1790 and now, is one of the most famous castles in the world.

On the parapet of a ruined tower lies one of the world's most revered pieces of stone. The Blarney Stone is believed to be half of The Stone of Scone upon which the Kings of Scotland were crowned. It was given to Cormac MacCarthy by Robert the Bruce in 1314. To kiss the Blarney Stone you have to lean backwards out of the parapet.

The castle was substantially destroyed by fire in 1820. Only the partial keep now remains.