Between secret passages, poison gardens and stunning views, you’ll be lost for words – well, until you kiss the Blarney Stone. After a tour of the castle and its beautiful gardens, your next stop is Waterford city. Founded by Vikings in 914AD, walk along the quays to the trio of Waterford Treasures Museums, where you can see incredible artefacts, including a 12th century gold kite brooch, a Viking warrior’s sword, and even the Great Charter Roll, which tells the bitter tale of rival ports Waterford and New Ross. If you’re in need of refreshments, head to the Granary Café and tuck into the local specialty: the Waterford blaa bread roll, which was awarded protected status by the European Commission in 2013.
Next move onto The Kennedy Homestead, Dunganstown, New Ross. One notable descendant of Irish emigrants was American president John F Kennedy. You can explore his legacy at this cultural museum, which offers a fascinating insight into the impact of the Kennedy brothers on the world, not to mention Ireland’s formative influence on the Kennedy family.
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Walk in rebel footsteps to the Mass Rock Blarney, which has the profile of a local priest carved in its side from Penal times, when outlawed Catholics gathered here to worship.