March 16, 2012 Irish Examiner By Eoin English
The owner of Blarney Castle is standing over his decision to pull the plug on a key element of the Cork village’s St Patrick’s Day festival.
Charles Colthurst said he was acting on the advice of his insurance broker by refusing to allow the village green — which has been in his family’s ownership since the 18th century — to host a farmer’s and craft market.
“This is a no-brainer. It’s a black and white issue,” he said. “If the insurance is in order, then the event goes ahead. If the insurance is not in order, then the event is not OK. This is not Charles Colthurst making the decision. This is the advice from my insurance broker.”
Kevin Conway, chairman of parade organisers Blarney Community Council, said he was shocked.
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