At last my first Irish kiss - alas dear reader it’s the Blarney Stone

Those who kiss the stone are bless with the 'gift of the gab'
Read more Gaelic Girls stories here

I'm in the single most precarious position of my life: flat on my back, hands clutching two iron poles, with my butt actually sliding off the ramparts of a castle – and I'm straining to get even further out into the void. Are you seeing this? Me, dangling upside down with my legs over my head, suspended hundreds of feet above the ground? Not the most graceful situation I've ever been in, I can tell you that.

It's for a worthy cause, though, because today I'm kissing the Blarney Stone.

Right now, as a matter of fact. I stretch as far as I can and press my mouth to the shiny patch of stone, and the attendant yanks me up before I can slide to my death. My lips tingle as I climb to my feet. This is it. I have just been newly reincarnated as a superb orator, worthy of Congress at the very least. Call the Senate!

Okay, I'm joking – but kissing the Blarney Stone really is supposed to give you “the gift of the gab,” or the ability to spout divine eloquence and wit. It sounds like an idiotic tourist trap, I know, but consider this: my lips have been preceded by the lips of hundreds of worthy speakers, including dozens of famous American and European politicians (Winston Churchill, anyone?). In fact, people have been kissing this stone in documented cases for over two hundred years. Its gift of smooth speaking dates back even further; Queen Elizabeth herself supposedly coveted this castle, only to be thwarted by the suave words of its lord. She coined the expression “what a bunch of Blarney” in her disgust.

Read more Gaelic Girls stories here  

Cork nightlife is a real turn on: I’m a California hippie getting down with it

Born again on an Irish island - a feeling of rebirth as I walked the ancient land
It is with a sense of this impressive history that my friends and I decided a trip to Blarney was necessary. We even suffered through the trauma of purchasing tickets at the main Cork bus station (where, we learned in distress, they charge you thirty cents to use the bathroom. We were righteously indignant over this).

I stand back and snap pictures as, one by one, my friends also lie back and dangle themselves off the edge of the castle. Watching them purse their lips, it belatedly occurs to me just how many tourists have preceded us. How frequently do they sanitize this stone? Or does that diminish its powers?

I decide not to think about it.

Read more Gaelic Girls stories here 


Log in with your social accounts:

Or, log in with your IrishCentral account:

Forgot your password ?

Don't have an account yet? Register now !

Join IrishCentral with your social accounts:

Already have an account ?

For Newsletter Subscribers – Draw for 1 Prize on December 31st.

Prize: Your Piece of Ireland – a Square of Land in the heart of the Glens of Antrim, Ireland

More details here (or you can buy a little piece of Ireland directly):

Terms & Conditions

Or, sign up for an IrishCentral account below:

By clicking above you are indicating that you have read & agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy.

Make sure we gathered the correct information from you

By clicking above you are indicating that you have read & agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy.

You already have an account on IrishCentral! Please confirm you're the owner.

Our new policy requires our users to save a first and last name. Please update your account: