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Sunday, March 15, 2009

What Blarney!

St. Patrick's Day is an enchanted time - a day to begin
transforming winter's dreams into summer's magic.
~Adrienne Cook
A Little Blarney For Ye...
The Blarney Stone is a stone set in the wall of the Blarney Castle tower in the Irish village of Blarney. Kissing the stone is supposed to bring the kisser the gift of persuasive eloquence. The legend says that an old woman cast a spell on the stone to reward a king who had saved her from drowning. Kissing the stone while under the spell gave the king the ability to speak sweetly and convincingly. It's difficult reach the stone. Kissers have to lie on their back and bend backward or downward, holding iron bars for support. Found at the top of the Tower...kiss it and you’ll never again be lost for words. But don’t take my word for it – everyone from Sir Walter Scott to a host of American presidents, world leaders, and international entertainers has been eager to take advantage.
The Stone of Eloquence For over 200 years, world statesmen, literary giants, and legends of the silver screen have joined the millions of pilgrims climbing the steps to kiss the Blarney Stone and gain the gift of eloquence. Its powers are unquestioned but its story still creates debate. Some say it was Jacob’s Pillow, brought to Ireland by the prophet Jeremiah. Here it became the Lia Fail or ‘Fatal Stone’, used as an oracular throne of Irish kings – a kind of Harry Potter-like ‘sorting hat’ for kings. It was also said to be the deathbed pillow of St Columba on the island of Iona. Legend says it was then removed to mainland Scotland, where it served as the prophetic power of royal succession, the Stone of Destiny. When Cormac MacCarthy, King of Munster, sent five thousand men to support Robert the Bruce in his defeat of the English at Bannockburn in 1314, a portion of the historic Stone was given by the Scots in gratitude – and returned to Ireland. Others say it may be a stone brought back to Ireland from the Crusades – the ‘Stone of Ezel’ behind which David hid on Jonathan’s advice when he fled from his enemy, Saul. A few claim it was the stone that gushed water when struck by Moses.
Blarney Castle was built nearly six hundred years ago by one of Ireland’s greatest chieftains, Cormac MacCarthy, and has been attracting attention ever since. Not all of that has been welcome, as Good Queen Bess and Oliver Cromwell could testify. But over the last few hundred years, millions have flocked to Blarney, making it a world landmark and one of Ireland’s greatest treasures.


Suzie said...

I wonder if I kiss the stone, I will have the ability to speak fluent English. hahahaha.. ^_~
Thank you for sharing!

Carolyn (Harbor Hon) said...

Great post Bunny Lady! I loved the historical information about the stone and the picture was just super. xxoo

Rebecca Ramsey said...

How fun! Very interesting!

Suey@sullivan&murphy said...

Have ya been to the old sod, Suzie? We have decided to go and visit the homestead next year. You can see a picture of it on my blog header. All of the Sullivan family has gone but us, and their pictures and tales are enchanting. Happy St. Paddy's Day to you tomorrow. Sue

Sandi McBride said...

My grandmother always accused me of having kissed the Blarney Stone...of course it isn't so...or is it?

Sue said...

Thanks Suzie Quzie for the history lesson...I didn't know any of that that your Blarney Stone plate in the picture.. it is really nice...Happy St. Patrick's day to you and the fam!! Sue.

nikkicrumpet said...

I bet that rock has some serious germs!!!

Omah's Helping Hands said...

Wow, You are full of information. Very interesting. I did not know this.

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