Blarney Castle

Ugh, the news was giving me a headache. So here, go look at photos of Blarney Castle and read about it.

Built around the 1200’s, Blarney Castle was used more as a military fortress than a palace for living. It was passed around from family to family and today lies in partial ruins.

What attracts tourists the most to this site is the legendary Blarney Stone. According to the most popular legend, Cormac Laidir McCarthy, the builder of castle, was facing legal troubles and prayed to the goddess Clíodhna who then instructed him to kiss the first stone he comes across on the morning he goes to court. Apparently this gave him the gift of eloquence and he was able to win his court case. The rest is history.

The stone has since been moved to the top of the castle where lines of tourists would lie on their backs on the rain soaked bedding, facing the cold drops of rain and then pulled to the very edge of the top of the castle to kiss the stone in the hopes of being gifted with the same gift of eloquence.

Me being a short person that’s can’t even reach the highest part of my kitchen shelf and with a lots hair that always gets in the way to boot, this was quite terrifying. Did it work? Well, considering I still cannot complete a coherent sentence and my Filipino accent still comes out when I’m nervous, I sincerely doubt it. For all I know, the stone could’ve been on the other side of the wall and everyone’s been kissing the wrong stone all these times.

Fun Facts:

  • Did you know Winston Churchill kissed the stone once? He could’ve been kissing the wrong stone like the rest of us.
  • Nearby the castle is a poison garden. One of these poisonous plants is cannabis. Why those sneaky Irish…

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