Blarney Castle sits in a park. Outside its gate is the village green around which sits the village of Blarney, a tourist trap since the 19th century. The Blarney Stone is on the castle battlements and local legend has it that if you kiss the stone your subsequent eloquence could tell a man to go to hell in such a way that he would enjoy the journey. The stone is said to be the Lia Fáil—a magical stone upon which Irish kings were crowned. The Blarney woollen mill is now a retail experience but the village pattern remains largely unchanged and one of the most important elements is the local pub/hotel, the Blarney Castle Hotel, that faces onto the village green. Grandly named this is a classic Victorian village pub dating from 1837.
Sensibly the old public bar, known as Johnny’s Bar has not been over refurbished, retaining much of the original flooring appearance and ambience. It attracts a steady attendance of tourists and locals throughout the day, making for a busy bar. When the bar was altered additional tiling was added and the overall effect remains authentic.