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Kissing the Blarmey stone is said to bring you what?



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Kissing the stone gives you the gift of eloquence, commonly referred to in Ireland as "the gift of the gab". Kissing the BLARNEY stone is said to bring you the gift of gab, however, as someone who has actually kissed the Blarney stone - be sure to wear lots of lip gloss or chapstick and wipe off immediately after doing so! The Blarney Stone is actually a stone in an old castle - which by the way, is falling down, and in order to kiss it, you must hang down backwards from the highest part of the old castle and kiss the outer wall!!! I think it gives you the gift of gab because you won't soon stop talking about the experience!! Blarney is celebrated the world over for a stone on the parapet that is said to endow whoever kisses it with the eternal gift of eloquence - the 'Gift of the Gab'. The origin of this custom is unknown, though the word "blarney", meaning to placate with soft talk or to deceive without offending, probably derives from the stream of unfulfilled promises of Cormac MacDermot MacCarthy to the Lord President of Munster in the late sixteenth century. Having seemingly agreed to deliver his castle to the Crown, he continuously delayed doing so with soft words, which came to be known as "Blarney talk". Supposedly he continued to tell the Queen , I'll be right with you, but wasn't! Irish diplomacy is telling some one to go to hell in such a way, that they look forward to going!