Blarney Castle, Ireland

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Find the city of Cork in Ireland. In what part of Ireland is it? Within 4 miles of Cork is the little village of Blarney. At Blarney is the famous castle of the same name. And in Blarney castle is a stone known the world round. It is the Blarney Stone. Every year thousands of tourists visit Blarney to see this stone. You know the story that goes about the stone. It is that anyone who kisses it will be gifted with a wonderful power of speech. He will become eloquent and be a leader in politics. Or he will be a teller of beautiful stories. Or he will be able to make his neighbors believe black is white. The power of this stone is related in verse as follows: There is a stone there,
That whoever kisses,
Oh, he never misses,
To grow eloquent!" When the guide takes you over the castle he points out two stones. He does not know which is the real Blarney stone. You can take your choice. Most people prefer the one that requires the less climbing. Perhaps, after all, the Blarney Stone is only a myth. Perhaps people only imagine that there must be a Blarney Stone some where in Ireland, because the Irish have such glib tongues and beautiful speech. It is said that the best English spoken is in Dublin. Blarney Castle is a solid structure with few ornaments. It was built by a McCarthy in the fifteenth century. It is now slowly going into decay, but it tells of the fiery times in Ireland in the Middle Ages when castles were the forts of the land. Find the word "blarney" in the dictionary. What has it come to mean? Keystone ID: 2503 Note: All titles, descriptions, and location coordinates are from the original Keystone Slide documentation as supplied by the Keystone View Company. No text has been edited or changed.
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