A Little Stone in Blarney Castle

14 Jun

“Baloney is flattery laid on with a trowel. Blarney is flattery laid on with the lips; that is why you have to kiss a stone to get it.” 
-Monsignor Fulton Sheen

So reads one of the signs at the top of the Blarney Castle, the sight of the infamous Blarney Stone. 

If it weren’t for the short line and a camera man, one might easily miss the stone. But as you bend over backwards, grasping onto the metal rails, and dangle upside-down high above the ground below, you can’t help but believe that there is something special about the stone you are kiss kissing. 

I also found myself wondering “What kind of crazy came up with this idea?” 

Regardless of when or where, the Blarney Stone has become an integral part of Irish tradition (and tourism). Those who have been lucky enough to place their lips upon the stone are said to get the gift of gab. I’m still waiting for it to kick in, but I’m fairly confident the girl behind me on the bus has kissed the stone one too many times! 

If only they made a stone for sleeping on public transportation. Now that would be a something worth kissing! 

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