Guide to the Irish Industrial Village and Blarney Castle
Excerpt from Guide to the Irish Industrial Village and Blarney Castle: The Exhibit of the Irish Industries Association The entrance to the Irish Village has been copied from the north doorway to the chapel built by Cormac, the bishop king of Munster, in the early part of the twelfth century, which forms part of the wonderful group of ecclesiastical buildings, the ruins of which stand on the Rock of Cashel (the word is derived from caiseal - a stone fort), the County Tipperary, and of which a fine complete model will be found within the village. These ruins are beautifully described by the late Mr. Jewitt, in an essay on the remains at Cashel, as follows: From the midst of a fertile plain in the southern part of the county of Tipperary rises abruptly the immense mass of limestone known as the Rock of Cashel, and which, crowned as it is by lofty and venerable ruins, forms a conspicuous landmark to the surrounding country for many miles. On nearer approach it increases in grandeur and interest. The town lies at its foot, and the small whitewashed hovels which are nestled under it serve to give interest and contrast to the scene. The rock is inaccessible on all sides except the south, where it is defended by a gateway. On entering within this gateway, and while standing on the green sward at the west end of the building, it is impossible to describe the feelings which crowd upon the imagination; the gray, hoar, and solemn and melancholy-looking ruins seem in their mute eloquence like spirits of the past standing in the present, silent and yet speaking. The ruined cathedral, the shattered castle, and the weather-beaten cross, all raised thoughts which it is not possible to express, and when all these are seen by the light of the setting sun, shining from behind clouds over the distant Galtese, the effect is beyond anything that can be conceived. The doorway chosen by the architect, Mr. McDonnell, for the entrance of the Irish Village is a singularly fine one. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.