Blarney Stone of Ireland

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    Blarney Stone has a long and complex history and historical importance. It is situated in the castle of Blarney of almost 90 feet of height in the village of Blarney of small city Cork. The Blarney castle was built in 1446 but its history is more than two centuries old. There are several myths about the Blarney Stone. According to some, it was that rock that Moses used stuck with his companions to produce water for Israelis during their escape from Egypt. Some say that it was used as pillow by Jacob and later was brought to Ireland by prophet Jeremiah. This myth proofs it to be Lia Fail i.e. Fatal Stone and therefore it was used as an oracular throne for the Irish Kings.

    It is also believed to be the stone of Ezel. Once it was used as the Coronation Stone of Scottish monarchs. After that it was used as a travelling altar by St. Columba during his missionary activities. Later it served as the Stone of Destiny, the prophetic power of royal succession.
    However, it is still a mystery that who used this stone first. The most accepted story about this stone tells us that in the battle of Bannockburn in 1314, Robert Bruce gave a portion of the stone in gratitude for Irish support to Cormac McCarthy, King of Munster. As it was installed in Cormac McCarthy’s stronghold, Blarney Castle, so it was known as the Blarney Stone. Almost a century later it was placed in an enlarged constructed castle.

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    The construction of the Blarney Castle took many hand and several years. It was basically constructed for the purpose of safety at the time of attack that happened in 1646 by Oliver Cromwell and left devastating effects on the great castle.
    Every year more than 300,000 people come to kiss the Blarney Stone from all over the world. Kissing the stone was a difficult task. People then discovered a new way to kiss the stone. They sit with their back towards the stone and then someone sits on their legs and pulls the feet tightly. Then the person lowers himself, holding the iron rails and lowers his head until he reaches at the stone level and then kisses the stone.

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    The history of kissing this stone tradition is still unknown. The mostly accepted myth tells that a women was saved by a king from drowning and awarded the king by a spell that if he kisses a stone on the top of the castle, he would get a speech that will win all to him. So people believe that kissing this blarney stone gives the gift of eloquence and persuasiveness. Winston Churchill is one of the few famous people who kissed the blarney stone in 1912. And we all know how eloquent he became later in life. He was a master orator for sure. But there are other myths also. We don’t know which is right but it the most valid one.