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Sightseeing in County Cork
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Sightseeing in Cork County
County Cork is the largest of the Irish counties with varied scenery and a wealth of history enriched by folklore and magical myths. Along the coast you\’ll find rocky coves, sandy bays, tall cliffs, small islands and mudflats whilst inland the countryside offers historic castles, ancient forests and clear rushing rivers stocked with perch, pike and carp. Fota House, Fota – an elegant 19th century hunting lodge with an impressive arboretum. Fota Wildlife Park, Fota – A rural wildlife park where you can see endangered species such as cheetahs, apes, giraffes and zebras wandering the former estate of Fota House. Bantry House & Gardens, Bantry – this elegantly decorated house provides an interesting insight into the life of an Anglo-Irish aristocratic family and contains an impressive collection of furniture, tapestries and objects d\’art. The house also offers B&B and self-catering accommodation. Jameson Heritage Centre, Midleton – discover the history and savour the taste of Jameson Irish Whisky. Kinsale – This maritime town is famous for a battle in 1601 which was a turning point in Irish history. For over 300 years it was a garrison town and port of consequence, leaving a legacy of Georgian and Victorian architecture. It also offers a pretty harbour, renowned restaurants and an abundance of watersports from sailing to whale watching. Desmond Castle International Museum of Wine, Kinsale – Kinsale was designated a Wine Port, supplying ships of the British Fleet from 1412. The museum, located in Desmond Castle relates the story of the local wine trade and its effects on the area. Charles Fort, Kinsale – open to the public from mid-April to mid-October, this star-shaped fort was built in 1677 and remained a garrison until 1922.
Skibbereen – the town was badly affected by the 1840s famine, suffering in excess of 10,000 local deaths. For a vivid account of the period, visit the Skibbereen Heritage Centre or walk the Skibbereen Trail marked by bronze plaques. For further information on the walking trail, pick up a leaflet from the Heritage Centre. Seven Heads Peninsula – a pretty area popular for cycling and birdwatching. Blarney Castle, Blarney – built in 1446 and most famous for the Blarney Stone which has been kissed by many thousands of visitors over the years. If you fancy joining them, you\’ll need a head for heights (the stone is located high in the battlements) and lots of patience (the queue can be long). Mizen Head – the Mizen Head Signal Station was built to warn boats about the treacherous rocks along Ireland\’s most south-westerly point and is located high on the cliffs, offering spectacular views of the peninsula – if you are lucky, you may even spot dolphins! It can be accessed via the Visitor Centre offering a variety of exhibits and café. The peninsula is also famous for its wildflowers and wildlife, including dolphins, whales, seals, gannets, kittiwakes and choughs.
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The Only Way to Celebrate St Patricks Day – When Irish Ideas are Smiling
If any one has the upper hand in making a St Patrick\’s Day celebration a success is the main man himself ‘Paddy’ Who better than Paddy to tell the best funny Irish jokes. If you are not of Irish accent but has Irish blood within urging you to Hooley then why not pop over to Ireland and commemorate this day with paddy and Mick themselves..
Never been to Ireland then now is the time to go. Say a prayer alongside one of the saint statues scattered all over Ireland\’s countryside. You can expect a warm welcome from Irish locals. Remember the song
If you\’re Irish come into the parlour
There\’s a welcome there for you
If your name is Timothy or Pat
So long as you come from Ireland
There\’s a welcome on the mat
If you come from the Mountains of Mourne
Or Killarney\’s lakes so blue
We\’ll sing you a song and we\’ll make a fuss
Whoever you are you are one of us
If you\’re Irish, this is the place for you! and Jock and Taffy and every Tom Dick and Harry.
1 Paddy & Mick were strolling along one day, when they came across an abandoned car. They both jumped in, and started checking if everything was in working order. Paddy beeped the horn, ‘yes that works ok’ he says. Then he flicks on his indicator and calls to ‘Mick, stick you head out of the window and see if it\’s working’…to which he replied ‘it is…it isn\’t…it is…it isn\’t…’
2 Paddy and Mick were working on a building site, Paddy says to Mick ‘I cant be bothered working all day I just want to go home’ so he climbs to the top of the building site and hangs upside down on a steel girder so then the boss comes out and shouts ‘what the hell do you think your doing’ Paddy says ‘pretending to be a light bulb’ so the boss says ‘go home your being stupid’. Mick decides to follow and says ‘I\’m going home too’ but just as he was putting his coat on the boss shouts ‘and where do you think your going’ Mick says home because I\’m not working in the dark’
3 Paddy died in a fire and was burnt pretty badly and the morgue needed someone to identify the body. So his two best friends, Mick and Seamus were called upon.
Seamus went in and the mortician pulled back the sheet. Seamus said \’Yup, he\’s burnt pretty bad. Roll him over\’. Following orders the mortician rolled Paddy over and Seamus looked and said \’Nope, it ain\’t Paddy.\’
The mortician thought it all rather strange and then called upon Mick to identify the body. Mick took one look at him and said, \’Yup, he\’s burnt real bad, roll him over\’.
The mortician rolled him over and Mick looked down and said, \’No, it ain\’t Paddy\’.
A baffled mortician asked, \’How can you tell?\’ Mick said, \’Well, Paddy had two assholes.\’
\’what, he had two assholes?\’ said the mortician.
\’Yup, everyone knew he had two assholes. Every time we went into town, people would say, \’Here\’s Paddy with them two assholes.
About Ireland – We go back as far as the fourth century when Saint Patrick is believed to have been born. Saint Patrick a national apostle of Ireland. He was recognised for bringing Christianity to Ireland.
St Patrick\’s Day is celebrated on March 17th because it is believed this day he died.
Wherever you stay in Ireland you can expect your belly to be filled with Black/ white Pudding – Soda Bread – Potato Cakes and Colcannon. Colcannon is a tasty dish of mashed spuds and grated raw onion. Good healthy food washed down with a pint of Guinness. Research states that a pint of the black stuff a day may work as well as an aspirin to prevent heart clots that raise the risk of heart attacks. Poteen was produced in Ireland according to legend, from the time when the first potato was harvested. The term \’Irish moonshine whiskey\’ commenced from around 1660.
Pierce Brosnan well known for his role as James Bond came from County Meath, just like my very special mum born on Paddy\’s Day.
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I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round, as a good time;
a kind, forgiving, charitable time; the only time I know of, in the long
calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their
shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were
fellow passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other
journeys. ~Charles Dickens
Let Christmas not become a thing
Merely of merchant’s trafficking,
tinsel, bell and holly wreath
And surface pleasure, but beneath
The childish glamour, let us find
Nourishment for soul and mind.
Let us follow
Through our teeming human maze,
And help the age of peace to
From a Dreamer’s martyrdom.
When Christmas bells are swinging above the fields of snow, we hear sweet voices
ringing from lands of long ago, and etched on vacant places are half-forgotten
faces of friends we used to cherish, and loves we used to know. ~Ella Wheeler
A man is at his finest towards the finish of the year;
almost what he should be when the Christmas season’s here;
Then he’s thinking
more of others than he’s thought the months before,
And the laughter of his
children is a joy worth toiling for.
He is less a selfish creature than at
any other time;
When the Christmas spirit rules him he comes close to the
One day, he tricked the Devil into climbing up an [apple] [tree]. Once the Devil climbed up the apple tree, Stingy Jack hurriedly placed crosses around the trunk of the tree. The Devil was then unable to get down the tree. Stingy Jack made the [Devil] promise him not to take his soul when he died. Once the devil promised not to take his soul, Stingy Jack removed the crosses and let the Devil down.
Many years later, when Jack finally died, he went to the pearly gates of [Heaven ]and was told by Saint Peter that he was too mean and too cruel and had led a miserable and worthless life on earth. He was not allowed to enter Heaven. He then went down to [Hell].
But the Devil kept his promise and would not allow him to enter Hell. Now Jack was scared and had nowhere to go but to wander about forever in the darkness between Heaven and Hell. He asked the Devil how he could leave as there was no light. The Devil tossed him a burning coal from the flames of Hell to help him light his way. Jack placed the ember in a hollowed out Turnip, one of his favorite foods which he always carried around with him whenever he could steal one.
For that day onward, Stingy Jack roamed the earth without a resting place, lighting his way as he went with his “Jack O’Lantern”.
Since, on all Hallow’s eve, the Irish hollowed out turnips, rutabagas, gourds, potatoes and beets. They placed a light in them to ward off evil spirits and keep Stingy Jack away.
The Irish brought the tradition of the Jack O’Lantern to [America.] The Irish immigrants quickly discovered that [Pumpkins] were bigger and easier to carve out. So they used pumpkins for Jack O’Lanterns.