The Blarney Castle of today is the third to be erected on this site. The?
The Blarney Castle of today is the third to be erected on this site. The first, made of wood in the tenth century was later replaced by a stone building which was demolished except for it foundations. In 1446nthe present castle was bought by Desmond MacCarthy, the King of Munster, of which the Keep still remains.
"There is a stone that whoever kisses,
Oh! he ever misses to grow eloquent.
!Tis he may clamber to a ladies' chamber,
Or become a Member of Parliament."
Desmond MacCarthy had the reputation that he was able to talk the "noose off his head" and the word 'blarney' meaning in conversation "fair words in soft beguiling speech" dates from his time.
The Blarney Stone itself is a bock of Limestone, four feet one inch long, by one foot one inch wide and nine inches deep. A piece chipped from the frost is said to be a victim of a cannon ball from one of Cromwell's Cannon. The stone is built into the battlement about two feet from the top, and gives the gift to eloquence in exchange for a kiss.
To kiss the stone, the visitor must first empty his pockets of valuables to prevent them cascading downwards through the branches of a yew tree as he bends over. He must then lie flat on his back, grasp two upright iron bars, have his ankles held by a strong man, and inch his body through the opening above which the stone rests.
Vincent Corcoran and his girl friend were in Blarney Castle last Friday, but for nefarious purposes. Corcoran is flying to America and had been asked to steal the Blarney Stone and take it with him. Well, he stole a stone from the castle, and has taken it to Harvard University for the International Students' Association annual fair which takes place there on 5th, May next. But the smiling gate keeper who waved him good bye from the Castle Entrance Gates was all unwitting of the treasure Corcoran had taken with him.