COUNTY CORK

Climbing to the Blarney Stone high on the battlements of Blarney Castle and leaning dangerously back to kiss it. It gives you the gift of the gab – fluent speech and eloquence. Cork has TWO great stout breweries – we visit Beamish and Crawford. Then the English Market in central Cork well-known for its superb seafood stalls – chat with O’Connell’s. Church tower of St Anne’s, Shandon where you can play the bells yourself. Tim tries “When Irish Eyes are Smiling”. Unhappier times for young Irish children and families in the 19th century – Cork’s old jail. County Cork is Ireland’s biggest .. Kinsale and Charles Fort from Ireland’s days as a colony of England. Wine museum charts connections with the France. Kinsale buildings all brightly painted … excellent choice of eating in town and more lively bars than you can shake a stick at ! Fota House interesting history. Cobh harbour where the Lusitania was torpedoed in 1915. The Titanic sailed from here on its maiden voyage. Sails away and hits the Iceberg. Excellent and sad Irish emigration museum from where three million alone left their homeland. Vikings, Normans. English, even Phoenicians visited too over the centuries.