The Blarney Castle Rattlesnakes
by Shane Cochrane
In September 1903, the Irish Times received a very strange letter from a man calling himself C R Warwick. It read:
“Sir, As a matter of record only I beg to state that I arrived from America on the Celtic about ten days ago, and landed at Queenstown, Ireland, and went to Cork. At Blarney Castle I liberated fourteen fairly good-sized rattlesnakes. Time will tell if St. Patrick’s edict is a myth or not.”
Had someone really released rattlesnakes at Blarney Castle?