Friday, August 31, 2012

Oh Blarney! A New Word that is used when no other works!

Oh Blarney! A New Word that is used when no other works!

The Queen herself as you can read on this photo was responsible for this great slang expression.
Want the Gift of Gab offered up after you climb stairs 85 feet up from the ground and hang upside down to kiss the Blarney Stone? Check out the photobelow and see if you have the nerve to hang so far off the ground with two attendants holding your ankles for stability!

Kissing the Blarney Stone"
"Where One Finds Eloquence!"


"Castle Tower"

Shown here are two photos with the right photo as an example of a person hanging upside down-Ok, I forgot to tell you that there is a grate that would stop your fall! The photo on the left will also show you how far it really is from the top. That is where you Kiss the Blarney Stone. For those that suffer from fear of heights, I don't recommend this adventure but indeed, you do not want to miss the visit here at the Castle and grounds.


Blarney - Ireland
This castle was built in 1446 and all that remains is the tower where the famous Blarney Stone is found.  The special gift according to history was said the Gift of Gab was to be bestowed if you hang upside down to kiss the rock.  Hint:  'Empty your pockets first. It was also said that tipping those that held your feet after you kiss the rock was customary. My advise is to do that beforehand!

There are several stories surrounding this special rock but the three that sounded official to me were that it was a special gift from Scotland but I liked the story about Queen Elizabeth 1.

But whether it true or not (and I can't find a source to tell me) is that Queen Elizabeth 1 in the 16th century in her exhausted patience  dealing with the Irish Lord of Blarney and his witty flattery, said (supposedly)  "This is nothing but Blarney" and then a new word was introduced to the English language!  I have seen this story on the literature at the castle so I tend to believe this one.  Of course another was associated with this story or so it is said-Father Prout in the 1830's may have given magical powers to the stone when he declared that whoever kisses it shall gain eloquence!  Now which tale or truth do you believe?                                              

Now while we were there an official from the castle grounds told us that people that had taken a rock from the grounds had sent them back because after having the rocks in their possession, they had received the worst luck of their lives and after returning them reported back to the Castle Blarney their luck had improved again.  Magical powers?  Signs ask you not to remove these rocks from the grounds so unless you want to gamble with your luck, I would suggest you leave them where you see them.                                                
Blarney is located about five miles from Cork City and reachable by car or bus.

We had a most enjoyable day looking at so much history and walking the grounds that were so well maintained along with a staff that could not have been nicer therefore grateful we had not missed this special attraction in Ireland.

A bit of history I was able to find from the Blarney Castle goes like this:

The Blarney Castle was originally built in the tenth century with it's construction being a wooden one.   On around 1210 A.D. it was replaced by a stone structure with an entrance on the north face twenty some feet above the ground.  It was demolished and again in 1446 the third castle was built with the remains of what you see today.

There is much history about this castle and cutting a part of te facts alone would be confusing so should you want more, please contact me about your own signed copy of my book.                                                                          

For special interest we decided to include the two photos below.  They were provided to us for your enjoyment by the Blarney Castle and so was the text that is with the photos..                                                       

"The Fern Garden"     

"Where one can become Invisible!"
In bygone years, fern seeds were thought to make one invisible.  They allow the finder to understand the language of birds, find buried treasures, and have the strength of forty men.  As ever at Blarney, exploration is rewarded."

"The Witch's Stone"

It takes little imagination to see who is imprisoned here.  The Witch of Blarney has been with us since the dawn of time.  Some say it was she who first told MacCarthy of the  power of the Blarney Stone.
"Fortunately for visitors, she only
escapes the witch stone after
nightfall - and we close at dusk."

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The special offer for this property comes from the River Lee Hotel.  Paula Cogan, Sales and Marketing Director calls it: "Gift of Gab" for our readers. She is the one that started many to follow with slogans that gave you a special offer exclusive to my book.  This special location and offer will be featured next week.

Once again, thank you for following my blogs and I hope you have enjoyed this part of our journey!

Rosemary "Mamie" Adkins



  1. Rosemary ~ Your travel writing is amazing. I feel like I'm right there with you!

    1. HI Peggy,
      Thank you for your support as always. It is so easy to write about things that bring passion to our hearts. Thanks for loving your journey with us.
      I am also enjoying your book as well.

  2. I LOVE your posts and every time I read one it makes me want to visit Ireland all the more!!!!

    1. Hey There Sharla!
      You know the answer to desire is to do it. Pack those bags for a journey to the Emerald Isle and with any luck, a trip can be planned for a group of us in 2013!
      Thanks for the visit-come back soon.

  3. Rosemary, reading your blog has brought back so many memories of the trip my wife and I took to Ireland in 2010. I don't think I could select any one of the places we visited as my favourite: so many of them were unforgettable. Dingle Bay/Peninsula was simply beautiful; Killarney was entrancing; Dublin was fabulous... And I will always be very grateful for being able to walk in the Rose Garden of Tralee: my grandfather, who died just before my birth, said his favourite song was "The Rose of Tralee" and this visit brought me a little closer to him spiritually. For a couple of Australians in Britain for the first time, Ireland was an wonderful experience.

    Thank you for sharing your trip with us!

    Stephen Crabbe, Writer

    1. Hi Stephen, Thank you for visiting and sharing your memories. Ireland is such a woonderful destination for travelers and our memories were as grand as any. Perhaps more so as this was such a special time in our lives.
      We are currently planning a retuurn in 2013 in hopes of finding even more secret places not talked about in other travel books.
      The song you speak about is so beautiful and well known. I am happy that you connected back with your Grandpa. Another special time.
      Australia is another special location we hope to visit.
      Please visit back often and I welcome your comments.

  4. You are Super Swe-e-e-e-t! Go to to snag your badge and see the 'rules' of acceptance! Muah!

  5. HI Sharla-I do love my sweets when I am allowed. Thank you for visiting. I do hope life is slowing down enough for you to stop along the way for your favorite treat!