Kissing the Blarney Stone…

April 8, 2010 at 10:57 am Leave a comment

Blarney Castle

Blarney Castle

I was initially sceptical when the idea of going to kiss the Blarney Stone was mentioned. I envisaged huge crowds of noisy tourists jostling each other impatiently to place their lips on the wet and unhygienic rock in the hope of achieving that elusive gift of the Blarney – not a particularly inviting activity for a bank holiday afternoon.

However, I also realised that, as a foreigner living in Ireland, and therefore a perpetual tourist, I couldn’t really say no to such an iconic Irish experience. So off to Blarney we went.

My first reaction was how impressive the castle was on the top of its rock and how pretty the grounds were, with plenty of woodland and a river running through them. The crowds were minimal, and when we got to the stone at the top of a dizzying spiral staircase, we actually found ourselves alone, apart from the two members of staff who still hurried us through the process in about seven seconds. ‘Lie down! Slide! Kiss! Up! Mind your head.’

Nineteenth-century vandalism

Nineteenth-century vandalism

The castle itself actually has an interesting history, which I imagine is often overlooked by people heading straight for the stone; there are signs throughout directing you to it so you don’t have to waste any time learning about the medieval castle, a bit like the signs at the Louvre which take you directly to the Mona Lisa, conveniently bypassing some of the finest art in history. I hope not, though.

Traditionally, the castle’s occupants were said to offer hospitality to any passersby in need of lodgings. However, this only applies when the chieftain, Cormac McCarthy, is in residence, so if you need to find an alternative place to stay, why not try a B&B in Blarney village or nearby Cork?

Kissing the Blarney Stone

Kissing the Blarney Stone

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