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Day 4-Ardmore/Blarney

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, lads and lasses, we’re sorry to report that we still haven’t found Jose.  We’re not really sure how he’s getting money, or how he’s getting to these places, but someone said he was a lucky bear, and we’ve heard something about fairies bringing good luck.  Maybe that has something to do with it?

According to his last note, Jose said he was going to the earliest Christian settlement in Ireland.  We did a little research and found out that was in Ardmore.  We must have just missed him!  We went to St. Declan’s well and cathedral which was the first site of Christianity in Ireland.  We saw some other visitors there, and they said they had just seen a bear drinking the holy water out of the well.  We need to teach that bear some manners!  He told them that he was going to head to Blarney to try and kiss the stone for luck.  So yet again, we had to set off to try and find our furry friend.


We hit the road for Blarney, and you wouldn’t believe the sites!  To get to the Blarney Stone, you have to climb several winding staircases, that total 84 stone steps (might I add that the steps were quite narrow) in a castle-sounds cool right?  That’s because it was.  We wish you all could have been there with us.  Not only did we get to explore this wonderful castle, we also got to kiss the Blarney Stone!  In order to kiss the Blarney Stone, you need to lie on your back, hold on to the rails, and lean your head over the ramparts.    At the end of the castle exploration, we went to the gift shop where they had taken pictures of all of the people kissing the Blarney Stone, and low and behold, who did we see?  Jose the Bear!  He left us a clue at the gift shop with the clerk.  The clue was 51 degrees North, 8 degrees West.  Huh?  I hope you guys can help us out.   Every time we think we’re close, Jose seems to slip our grip.










2 Responses to “Day 4-Ardmore/Blarney”

  1. cmcknight says:

    Mrs. McKnight’s class has just read this post again, and we realized that we want to know more about the Blarney Stone.
    1. Everyone asks, “What is it?”
    2. Jake asks, “how does it give you good luck?”
    3. Julia asks, “why do you have to be upside down to kiss it?”
    4. Elizabeth wants to know how thick the stone steps are
    5. Josh wants to know why the Blarney stone is so famous
    6. Kinley asks if you are required to kiss it?

    We have other questions, but need to get to the rest of the posts!

  2. mjcassette says:

    Mr. Foster & Mrs. Weaver,
    We would like to know what makes the Blarney stone lucky? What makes it different from any other stone in the castle? When and why did the people start kissing it?

    Mrs. Cassette’s Curious Class

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