The Stone of Eloquence
For over 200 years, world statesmen, literary giants, and legends of the silver screen have joined the millions of pilgrims climbing the steps to kiss the Blarney Stone and gain the gift of eloquence. Its powers are unquestioned but its story still creates debate.
Once upon a time, visitors had to be held by the ankles and lowered head first over the battlements. Today, we are rather more cautious of the safety of our visitors. 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 parapet walk. The prize is a real one as once kissed the stone bestows the gift of eloquence.
These photos were sent to us by one of our followers and Detroiter, Jackie Babisz who was lucky enough to visit Ireland and kissed the famous Blarney Stone. She's shown here representing our famous "ShamRocker" shirt while being tipped back into place by her tour guide. You too can kiss the Blarney Stone by visiting the Blarney Castle in Cork, Ireland for your next vacation.
stone facts courtesy: Blarney Castle