Download a larger image and share the photo with your class, then try these discussion questions and classroom activities:
- Why do people travel all the way to Blarney Castle to kiss the Blarney Stone? Have students use critical thinking to venture a guess and then research to find out.
- One of the gardens at Blarney Castle is a Poisons Garden, where many plants were grown for medicinal purposes. These include mandrake, ricin, opium, rue, tobacco and juniper. What do you know about medicine in medieval Europe? Discover how medicines were made and what they were use for.
- With these facts in mind, write a short story about life in medieval Blarney, Ireland.