Monday, March 17, 2008

The Stone of Eloquence

Happy St. Patrick's Day!  This year I've decided to put up a picture of the Stone of Eloquence, more commonly referred to as the Blarney Stone.

There are many legends about the stone, but it is believed that if you kiss the stone, you will receive the gift of eloquence. So over the years, people have taken great risks to kiss the stone, which is located at the top of the Blarney castle. Now there is a safer method, shown in the photo, where the person leans backward, held by a helper, to kiss the stone. 

I still remember my grandmother saying "Oh, he kissed the Blarney Stone, that one," after meeting someone who was glib of tongue. 

I've never had the chance to visit Ireland, but friends of mine who have tell me that seeing the castles alone is a huge thrill.  Of course, those who have kissed the stone tell the stories about their trips much much better.

{visual description: A visitor to the Blarney Stone leans back, held by a helper, to kiss the stone.}

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