The Blarney Stone (Irish: Cloch na Blarnan) is a block of bluestone built into the battlements of Blarney Castle, Blarney, about 8 kilometres (5 mi) from Cork, Ireland. According to legend, kissing the stone endows the kisser with the gift of the gab (great eloquence or skill at flattery). The stone was set into a tower of the castle in 1446. The castle is a popular tourist site in Ireland, attracting visitors from all over the world to kiss the stone and tour the castle and its gardens.
The word blarney has come to mean "clever, flattering, or coaxing talk". John O'Connor Power's definition is succinct: 'Blarney is something more than mere flattery. It is flattery sweetened by humour and flavoured by wit. Those who mix with Irish folk have many examples of it in their everyday experience.'
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... Kissing the Blarney Stone (also called the Stone of Eloquence) is a popular custom in the Castle of Blarney in Ireland ... The stone is below the battlements on the parapet, making kissing the stone difficult ... Originally, people would be hung by their feet over the parapet and be lowered to reach the stone ...
... President Dosh McCreary unveiled the Blarney Stone monument which sits in front of the old Electrical Engineering Building ... The stone on the monument was said to have been discovered on March 7, 1939, by a group of petroleum engineers on a field trip ... It was reported at the time that the stone had been found to be "identical with a piece of the original Blarney Stone which disappeared from Blarney Castle...in 1659" ...
... It is claimed that the synonymy of "blarney" with "empty flattery" or "beguiling talk" derives from one of two sources ... to retain occupancy of land, received responses from Cormac Teige McCarthy, the Lord of Blarney, which amounted to subtle diplomacy, and promised loyalty to the Queen without "giving in ... Tis there's the stone that whoever kisses For he is a pilgrim from the Blarney stone." Francis Sylvester Mahony Echoing the supposed power of the stone, an Irish bard of the ...
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