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Facts about Ireland: Why do people kiss the Blarney Stone?

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Intro: If you've ever wondered why people kiss the Blarney Stone, you are not alone. The answer to that is one of the most interesting facts about Ireland for kissing the Blarney Stone is said to endow the kisser with eloquence beyond measure!

The Blarney Stone Legend

How is it that people believe that the Blarney Stone, a single block of bluestone, will give a person eloquent speech? That's one of the more interesting aspects of the legend of the Blarney Stone.

According to the Authentic Ireland website, Queen Elizabeth the First of England was also the Queen of Ireland. It seems that the queen was happy to allow the Irish chiefs to have hold of their own lands, but that they should do so under title from her.

It was because of one Cormac Teige McCarthy, the Lord of Blarney, that people starting kissing the Blarney Stone -- at least indirectly. The queen requested repeatedly that he title his land to her. His response was that he did indeed pledge his loyalty to the queen.

He had the gift of subtlety and humor. This dialogue went back and forth until the good queen finally realized that she had been had. The Lord of Blarney managed to make the queen happy without giving her anything.

Kissing the Blarney Stone ~ The Scoop

Yes, but why do people kiss the Blarney Stone, you might still be asking?

Here's what the site says about one of the most famous facts about Ireland that everyone has heard about, but doesn't really know the origin of the saying.

Apparently, the queen, having received yet another charming and witty letter from the Lord with no real resolution in sight, is said to have flung his letter down, saying,

Oh! He’s just giving me a lot more blarney!!!

From that time on, the stone, which is the same type of stone that makes up Stonehenge, is said to give its kisser the gift of gab!

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