Poster drawing by Trish Castro. (As if anyone else would want to take the credit)!
Photo and info from Wikipedia - Click Blarney Stone to access the links that were included in the info below. I would love to visit Blarney Castle and inherit the gift of gab! Who has more fun than the Irish!
The Blarney Stone (Irish: Cloch na Blarnan) is a block of bluestone built into the battlements of Blarney Castle, Blarney, about 8 kilometres (5 mi) from Cork, Ireland. According to legend, kissing the stone endows the kisser with the gift of the gab (great eloquence or skill at flattery). The stone was set into a tower of the castle in 1446. The castle is a popular tourist site in Ireland, attracting visitors from all over the world to kiss the stone and tour the castle and its gardens.
The word blarney has come to mean "clever, flattering, or coaxing talk". John O'Connor Power's definition is succinct: 'Blarney is something more than mere flattery. It is flattery sweetened by humour and flavoured by wit. Those who mix with Irish folk have many examples of it in their everyday experience.'
Have an enjoyable and safe St. Patrick's Day and enjoy your corned beef or Irish Stew and of course your green beer!