Blackrock Castle

About 2km from the city centre of Cork is the rocky limestone outcrop that Blackrock Castle sits on. It has been a site of fortification since the late 16th century. The original tower was built by the citizens of Cork in 1582 to guard the water approach to the city from pirates and other raiders.Continue reading “Blackrock Castle”

Discover The Blarney Castle and Gardens

Situated 8 km from Cork City is The Blarney Castle, originally dates from before 1200, when a timber house was believed to have been built on the site, although no evidence remains on this. Around 1210 this was replaced by a stone fortification. In 1446, it was rebuilt by Cormac Laidir MacCarthy, Lord of Muscry, whoContinue reading “Discover The Blarney Castle and Gardens”