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Pictured here is Blarney House, a Scots baronial style mansion on the grounds of Blarney Castle, Co Cork.

This estate was the ancestral home of the McCarthys of Muskerry, and is famous around the world for its castle, and of course the Blarney stone which according to legend grants the "gift of the gab" (the ability to talk with ease) to those who kiss it.

Blarney Castle was built in 1446.
In 1704, the estate was bought by then mayor of Cork james John Jeffreys, who built a new house attached to the castle. This newer house was greatly enlarged by his ancestors, and eventaully became a huge Georgian Gothic home with lancet windows, high towers and pinnacles. That home was destroyed by fire in 1820, although its remains can still be seen at the castle today.

The later ancestors to the estate, Louisa Jane Jeffreys and George Colthurst of Ardrum decided after the death of their first child that they wanted a new house on the Blarney estate, built in an elevated position. The result was this Scots Baronial style home, unusual architecture in Ireland. Surprisngly a number of classical details from Ardrum house were incorporated into Blarney house, which showed the significance of the building at the time.

Other than these details, the house is typical of Scots Baronial with pinnacles, gables and a number of turrets with conical roofs.

Today Blarney House is the home of Sir Charles Colthurst, Bt

Also within the grounds of Blarney Castle and Blarney House is a beautiful garden walk which incorporates Rock Close, an early 18th century druidic garden layout of large rocks, boulders and yew trees; with dolmens, a stone circle and a druids altar. Also worth seeing is the Poison garden, a walled garden showcasing a number of trees, plants and flowers which are fatal to humans if imbibed, touched, tasted or smelled.

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Additional Photos by Noel Byrne (Noel_Byrne) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2714 W: 15 N: 6501] (22793)
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