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The Emerald Isle: A Weekend in Cork & a Blarney Stone Kiss

2/5/16 Samantha Riley’s travel abroad journey in Ireland lands her in Cork and Blarney Castle. Along the way, she pops into a proper English market, smooches with the Blarney Stone and thinks about her studies.

The rose-tinted glasses are still slightly perched on my nose, but even without the perfect view through them, Ireland still remains just as magical.

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A Weekend Trek to Cork and Blarney Castle

Just when I had finally settled in and become comfortable with my surroundings, I uprooted myself once again. With a desire to venture out of Galway and explore more of what Ireland has to offer, it was a unanimous group decision to visit Cork. We arrived there late Friday afternoon and settled into the hostel, anticipating the promise of all that Cork had to offer.

 Blarney Castle shrouded fog. Credit: Samantha Riley

Saturday was greeted with a cup of tea and in an instant, we were off. This time it was to Blarney, home of the famous Blarney Castle. We leisurely toured the castle and the grounds where we learned about the remarkable history of it all. As well, I, of course, couldn’t leave with kissing the Blarney Stone. The next stop was back to the city center which contained the English Market full of everything from exotic fruits to homemade pastries and unique boutiques. Then, using the last of our internal fuel resources, we headed over to the gorgeous University College Cork and Fitzgerald Park.



Sunday, some of us opted to visit the beautiful churches of Cork like St. Finbarr’s Cathedral, before meeting up with everyone else at the Cork Butter Museum. Finally, as difficult as it was, we bid adieu to Cork. The silence heard on the bus ride back signified another successful and memorable weekend abroad, with many more ahead.

Topics: Study Abroad