History

History of The Blarney Irish Pub in Toledo

Owner Ed Beczynski visited over 35 pubs in Ireland in March, 2006 and was inspired to open an Irish pub in downtown Toledo, Ohio. Finding the right downtown building, with the right old feel was the key.

The Blarney Irish Pub opened on November 6, 2006. All of the furniture and many items on the walls were bought in Ireland and shipped to Toledo to give guests the feel of a pub near The Blarney Castle in County Cork, Ireland.

Ed learned the importance of pouring a perfect pint of Guinness while in Ireland and in the first five months sold over 150 kegs of the roasted barley drink.

History of Blarney Castle

  • 10th Century: Blarney Castle was originally a timber hunting lodge
  • 1210: Lodge replaced by stone castle
  • 1446: Current construction completed by Dermot McCarthy, King of Munster
  • 1646: Blarney Castle remains ancestral stronghold of the McCarthy family until arrival of Oliver Cromwell with cannon guns
  • 1661: Arrival of King Charles II on the English throne means the return of the McCarthys to the Castle

  • 1690: Following the Battle of the Boyne, all Irish chiefs were stripped of their powers and the McCarthys were again forced to leave Blarney Castle
  • 1703: Blarney Castle was sold to Sir James Jefferyes, Governor of Cork
  • Current: Blarney Castle is now owned and managed by the Trustees of the Blarney Castle Estate

Kissing the Blarney Stone

The world famous Blarney Stone is high up in the Blarney Castle's battlements. Follow one of several long, stone spiral staircases to the top and enjoy spectacular views of the lush, green Irish countryside, Blarney House and The Village of Blarney.

  • The stone is believed to be half of the Stone of Scone, which originally belonged to Scotland. Scottish Kings were crowned over the stone, because it was believed to have special powers.
  • The Blarney Stone was given to Cormac McCarthy by Robert the Bruce in 1314 in return for his support in the Battle of Bannockburn.
  • Queen Elizabeth I wanted Irish chiefs to agree to occupy their own lands under title from her. Cormac Teige McCarthy, the Lord of Blarney, handled every Royal request with subtle diplomacy, promising loyalty to the Queen without "giving in." Elizabeth proclaimed that McCarthy was giving her "a lot of Blarney," thus giving rise to the legend.

Live music at The Blarney

Ed realized while he was in Ireland that what made a pub great was the music. The Blarney Irish pub has live music on Thursday through Saturday. Toraigh an Sonas performs on the first Saturday of each month at The Blarney.