Category Archives: Fun Stories

Stone Me! Canadian’s bad luck shows myth not a load of Blarney

A Canandian who took a piece of the stone from the grounds of Blarney Castle during a visit in 2009 returned the stone after a spate of bad luck. Continue reading

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Blarney Defined

A dictionary definition ‘Blarney’: He has licked the blarney stone; he deals in the wonderful, or tips us the traveller. The blarney stone is a triangular stone on the very top of an ancient castle of that name in the … Continue reading

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Kissing a fool…

“The Blarney stone too, I am afraid, is going out of date. In former days, whoever kissed it was at once endowed with the gift of the blarney, as the old song, “The Groves of Blarney,” tells us. “Tis there’s … Continue reading

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The Satirical Survey of Ireland

The satirical Survey of Ireland, written in the early 17th century by Aengus O’Daly, tells us of the owners’ gift of the blarney. On a visit to McDermod McCarthy at Blarney Castle, he says “Flattery I got for food in … Continue reading

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Centre of the World?

In 1842, John Hogan even claimed that the Blarney Stone might be the very ‘centre of the world’. ‘Thus strong the Blarney influence is shown, E’en upon those most distant from the stone:- The power, alike attractive, through the whol

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Stolen Goods

Hollywood and television has a great thing for the Stone being stolen. Bing Crosby has to get it back in the 1949 film, ‘Top O’ The Morning’. In 1984, it is stolen once more in the internationally popular children’s series, … Continue reading

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Up With The Partridge

Our British visitors will no doubt remember the desperate attempts by Alan Partridge to pitch new programme ideas to the BBC. One of his better thoughts was to come live from the Blarney Stone. More recently, Billy Connolly did visit … Continue reading

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The Luck of the Irish

You may be interested to know that many people who have taken rocks away from Blarney Castle & the mystical gardens of Rock Close, and brought them home from their vacation, have written to us here, at Blarney Castle, claiming … Continue reading

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Blarney/Baloney

“The difference between ‘blarney’ and ‘baloney’ is this: Baloney is when you tell a 50-year old woman that she looks 18. Blarney is when you ask a woman how old she is, because you want to know at what age … Continue reading

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“The stone kissed him.”

President Clinton claimed at a fundraiser for John Kerry to have kissed the Blarney Stone, although Jay Leno reckoned he’d initially denied it claiming “the stone kissed him.”

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