Thursday, May 14, 2009

That's So Blarney!

Winston Churchill, Mick Jagger, the American Choppers and even the Simpson's have visited the Blarney Castle in county Cork, Ireland, in order to lock lips with the Blarney Stone. Kissing the Blarney Stone is believed to give the gift of eloquence (Blarney: smooth, flattering talk or deceptive or misleading talk, nonsense). For 200 years, people from all over have been traveling to Blarney Castle (built in 1446).

For many years, individuals wishing to kiss the stone would be held by the ankles and lowered, head first, down to the stone. Now a days, it looks something like this:


It remains to be seen if Matt and I have gained the gift of eloquence!

4 comments:

Tricia said...

nice photos! That looks like fun, although a little scary too.

House Dad said...

"It remains to be seen if Matt and I have gained the gift of eloquence! "

Not if you say Mick Jagger like Mick Jacker.

;)

Natalie said...

Thanks for pointing that out me House Dad. Correction made! :)

Katie said...

Why do you have to lean over backwards? How did that tradition start?

But, UGH! The germs! AAAAAAAAAAAACK. I'm hyperventilating. Hard to be eloquent when you have a virus!