Gifts of Eloquence

Today, I have traveled from Wales to give the Blarney Stone a kiss. It had to be done by J leaning me backward while holding onto two railings. That is the only way it willworks.

To kiss the Blarney Stone is to gain the gift of eloquence. It’s power is unquestioned but its story still creates a great debate.

Once upon a time, visitors had to be held by the ankles and lowered head first over the battlements.

The Stone itself is still set in the wall below the battlements. To kiss it, one has to lean backwards (holding on to an iron railing) from the walk. Then, once kissed the stone bestows the gift of eloquence.

Kissing Ireland’s Blarney Stone, a tradition that’s been around for several centuries, is said to give a person the gift of eloquence and persuasiveness.

The iconic stone is set in a wall of Blarney Castle, constructed in 1446 by Dermot McCarthy, king of Munster, on the site of the ruin Blarney, a 13th century castle.

A legendary story holds as it was acquired during the Crusades and brought to Ireland, claiming it was made from the same mystical glacier used at Stonehenge.

It links it to the Stone of Scone (also called the Stone of Destiny), which was used for hundreds of years in the coronation of Scottish and English monarchs, while contending it was a gift from Robert the Bruce, king of Scots, to Cormac McCarthy, king of Munster, for sending men to help Bruce defeat the English at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314.

However, in 2014, geologists from the University of Glasgow shed some light on the Blarney Stone’s heritage when they concluded that the famous rock isn’t from Scotland but instead is made of 330-million-year-old limestone local to the south of Ireland.

The word “blarney,” meaning skillful flattery or nonsense, supposedly came into use following an incident involving the head of the McCarthy family and Queen Elizabeth I, who ruled England and Ireland from 1558 to 1603.

Winston Churchill is among the notable figures who’ve kissed the stone, doing so in 1912 when he was First Lord of the Admiralty.

Who’s to say that a kiss could not bestow me with the gift as it bestowed such eloquence on Churchill? Who than none other greater went on to become British prime minister in 1940 earning a reputation as a masterful orator and leader.

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