In 1776, Arthur Young a renowned self- appointed English travel & agricultural writer visited Blarney on his tour around Ireland. He wrote an account of the village and village life at the time. The house/restaurant you see before you here was known as ‘The Market House’ in 1776 and is immortalised in Arthur Young’s writings…
“Another of Mr. Jeffery’s objects has been the stocking manufacture, which employs 20 frames, and 30 hands, in buildings erected by him; the manager employing, by covenant, a certain number of apprentices, in order by their being instructed, to diffuse the manufactory..
…A market house, in which are sold £100 worth of knit stockings per week….”
Read here for more of what Mr. Young has to say about Blarney.
Come along next to hear about the local courthouse and a goat!