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.

Article updated: March 31, 2017 | Image Credits

Irish Surnames S – W

An alphabetical list of Irish surnames beginning with S, T and W, from Scanlon …

The Quays, Waterford

Once busy Irish ports have changed since the days when they were all about trade …

The Coming of Christianity: 400AD – 800AD

The coming of Christianity brought not just faith but the important skills of …

Irish Surnames D

Surnames from Ireland beginning with the letter D, from Daly to Dunne

No Comments Yet

Have you something to add about "Kissing the Blarney Stone"?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *