THE BLARNEY STONE
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The Blarney Stone
The story of the
Blarney Stone comes from Blarney Castle, which was originally built
in the 10th century when it was meant to be a wooden hunting lodge.
It wasn’t until 1210 that the lodge was transformed to a castle and
the wood was changed to stone. The castle that now stands in an
Irish town called Blarney was finally finished in 1446 by then
present day King of Munster, Dermot McCarthy. However, with the
Battle of the Boyne in 1690, all officers powers were taken away
from them and the McCarthy’s were forced to leave the castle. Sir
James Jefferyes then took ownership of the castle and today,
Trustees of the Blarney Castle Estate are the proud owners.
The story of the Blarney Stone is a
stone that sits in a wall of the castle that is eighteen feet thick.
There are many myths surrounding the stone, including that half of
the stone is comprised of the Stone of Scone, which once belonged to
Scotland. In Scotland, the ceremony of crowning a king was held over
the stone, due to the fact that it was thought to have magic powers.
This myth stems from the story that an old woman was once drowning
and a king of Scotland saved her. In order to show her gratitude,
the old woman placed a spell upon the stone to enable the king to
convince anyone to do what he wanted them to.
The stone was then
passed on to Cormac McCarthy by Robert Bruce in1314 to thank him for
his help in battle.
Today, it’s believed that anyone who
kisses the stone will be blessed with good luck and will receive the
gift of persuasiveness, just as the king who was originally given
the stone was. People in Ireland, and who visit the country still
come to visit and kiss the stone for this reason. To have a chance
for receiving the gift and kissing the stone, you must be willing to
go to extremes. Because the stone lies between the main wall and a
parapet, one must lie on their back and bend down and backward to
reach the stone.
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