Information Baltimore Ireland
The Irish language name for Baltimore is Dun na Sead, meaning the more romantic sounding Fort of the Jewels, named after the O’Driscoll castle. The castle itself has been recently restored and can be viewed by the public. Baltimore, Maryland, is named indirectly after Baltimore County Cork through the baron of Baltimore after whom the Baltimore area of Maryland was named. Algerian pirates sacked Baltimore in 1631. 108 local people and English planters were captured, most of them spending the rest of their lives as slaves. Some spent their lives as galley slaves, others in the Sultan’s harem or on his household staff as unpaid servants or labourers. Only two returned to Ireland in their lifetimes. The incident is still remembered in Baltimore through pub names and suchlike featuring “Algiers” in their titles. Napoleon is thought to have got his white mare from the Baltimore area. Baltimore Beacon, also called Lot’s Wife, after the woman from the Bible who turned to a pillar, is a stone structure built by the British government after the 1798 rebellion to warn of further attacks. Baltimore is popular with scuba divers, and its popularity too as a holiday resort has increased in recent years with the number of holiday homes that have been built. You can travel to nearby Heir Island (ferries go to and from Baltimore every day) to eat at the Island Cottage restaurant. For a set menu of less than 50 euros, you can enjoy a locally sourced and produced meal, but the menu itself is limited – no choice is offered for the three course meal, and you have to take what you get. This is primarily due to the fact that Heir Island has a population of about twenty-five, with no shops or supermarkets. Beggars can’t be choosers, although the food is always very good.
Attractions Baltimore Ireland
Argideen Heritage - Clonakilty
Located on a 135 acre Dairy Farm, which is located just off of the R600 between Clonakilty and Timoleague in South West Cork. The Arigideen River Valley is unique as well as being beautiful in that it has a very high concentration of Historical sites and is a great source of folklore. The Valley has connections with Michael Collins, Henry Ford, John F Kennedy, Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa, Donal Cam O' Sullivan Bere and William Penn to mention just a few
Ballincollig Gunpowder Mills - Ballincollig
Ballincollig Gunpowder Mills Heritage Centre is a unique industrial complex which meanders along the bank of the River Lee. The Mills were established in 1794 by Charles Henry Leslie. Eleven years later when Napoleon's control of France posed a grave threat to the British, the British Board of Ordnance bought the Mills from Leslie. Along with this the Army Barracks was built in the town to protect the supply of gunpowder. By the mid 1800s the Mills were one of the largest industrial establishments in the Cork area.
Barryscourt Castle - Carrigtwohill
Barryscourt Castle was the seat of the Barry family from the 12th to the 17th centuries. The present castle is a fine example of a 15th century tower house with 16th century additions and alterations. The bawn wall with three corner towers is largely intact. The ground floor of the keep houses an exhibition on the history of the Barrys and Barryscourt Castle.
Blarney Castle - Home of the Blarney Stone - Blarney
Blarney Castle is one of Ireland's oldest and most historic castles. It was built around 1446. An ancient stronghold of the MacCarthys, Lords of Muskerry and one of the strongest fortresses in Munster, its walls are eighteen feet thick in places. Located on the parapet of the castle is the famous "Blarney Stone". According to local legend, after kissing this stone, you will have the gift of eternal eloquence, or "the gift of the gab". To kiss the stone, you must first lie on your back, then leaning your head backwards and downwards, you kiss the underside of the stone. The last admission to the castle and grounds is 30 minutes before closing.
Blarney Woolen Mills - Blarney
The presence of the Woolen Mills during the Famine shielded Blarney from the worst effects of the famine, due to its employment of local workers. The success story at the mills continued until a disastrous fire in 1869. By August 1871, the mill was once again operational with a labour force of 222. In 1976 Chris Kelleher, himself a mill worker, bought the old mill property. Within a short period of time Chris and his family transformed the mill into what is perhaps the largest quality craft shop in Ireland.