Historical Research

The Blarney stone swam into international consciousness in 2008 because of a new book that integrated archaeology, history and legend. Remarkably, this was the first time such an overview of Blarney Castle had ever been attempted. A media ‘feeding frenzy’ occurred as a result. International newspaper reviews and later Wikipedia hailed this book – written by Dr Samuel and Kate Hamlyn BA - as ‘authoritative’.

The ‘gift of the gab’ is indeed needed for guidebooks – trail apps- information boards and many other forms of heritage interpretation. Dr Samuel can provide judicious and well-written content about historic buildings for heritage interpretation purposes.

Simple curiosity on the part of the owner may be a driver - the proving or dispelling of old legends about a property such as Blarney Castle. Each site and intervention requires a different approach. Feel free to approach and ask.

Blarney Castle
An up-to-date book about Blarney Castle
(© Cork University Press 2008)
Tithe Maps
Tithe Maps surveyed in the 1840s provide much fascination