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The Blarney Stone is named after the famous block of bluestone built into the battlements of Blarney Castle, Blarney, about 8 kilometres
(5 miles) 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 attracting visitors from all over the world to kiss the stone and tour the castle and its gardens.
True to its name, the Blarney Stone is surrounded by tall tales and myths. Some are steeped in the history and geology of ages long gone. Vivid stories of the crowning of kings and queens. Others sound like, well… pure blarney.
Some people believe the Blarney Stone is half of the original Stone of Scone upon which the first King of Scots was seated during his coronation in 847.
It is said that part of this stone was presented to Cormac McCarthy by Robert the Bruce in 1314. For as many reasons as there are stories, the Stone ended up in Scotland and was then returned to Ireland in the year 1314