.Blarney Chamber leaders have called for unity ahead of a briefing this evening on its ambitious five-year ‘Blarney 250’ plan. Damian
Boylan, chairman of Blarney and District Chamber of Commerce, said he was disappointed there were already objections to a plan to erect a statue in memory of the founder of Blarney Castle.
The 18th century industrialist James St John Jefferyes is widely credited with creating Blarney’s formal village structure in 1765. Among the chamber’s anniversary plans are: Development of a heritage trail and interactive app; Creation of the Blarney Global Eloquence Awards and storytelling festival to be held around St Patrick’s Day; A long-term vision is to secure the development of a village heritage centre