Blarney Castle and the Blarney Stone
Blarney castle is situated 8km from Cork city. It is worth a visit on any Ireland tours.
This historic castle is most famous for its "Blarney Stone"
This stone has the traditional power of conferring eloquence on all who kiss it.
The word "blarney" was introduced into the English language by Queen Elizabeth the first , and is described as pleasant talk intended to deceive without offending.
The stone is set in the wall below the battlements , and to kiss it , one has to lean backwards from the parapet wall.
In the grounds of the castle the "Rock Close" and its surroundings is a curious place of ancient trees , and far more ancient stones.
On any tours of Ireland you should consider picking up "a bit of the blarney"