Kissing the Blarney Stone

Above: ~ 1870- 1880| Below: 2012

Blarney Stone 2012

These photographs really show how the tourist experience has changed with the advent of concern about not actually killing people visiting tourist sites!

Kissing the Blarney Stone has been a popular activity for visitors to Cork for a very long time. Time was though – as the first photograph shows – they you just rocked up, climbed to the top of the castle and took your chances. Now, well, it’s a bit more controlled. And looking at the first photo that’s probably no bad thing!

Although the date printed on the older image is 1913, the picture was taken a good bit earlier, as other photographs show safety railings in place in the early 1890s. Best guess is sometime in the 1870s.

Read more about Blarney Castle here.

Published: May 13, 2015 | Updated: March 31, 2017 | Image Credits

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