…kissing…(vervolg)

Posted: Julie 13, 2007 in Uncategorized

Na aanleiding van gister se blog, so bietjie meer geskiedenis oor

“Kissing the Blarney Stone” 

(moet sê, buiten dat ou kastele, murasies, vuurtorings ens my verskriklik fassineer,

bly ek wonder oor die klipsoenery!!)

 

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A warm welcome to Blarney Castle, where all the real blarney began.

Blarney Castle was built nearly six hundred years ago by one of Ireland’s greatest chieftains, Cormac MacCarthy, and has been attracting attention beyond Munster ever since. Not all of that has been welcome, as Good Queen Bess and Oliver Cromwell could testify. But over the last few hundred years, millions have flocked to Blarney, making it a world landmark and one of Ireland’s greatest treasures.

Now that might have something to do with the Blarney Stone, the legendary Stone of Eloquence, found at the top of our Tower. Kiss it and you’ll never again be lost for words. But don’t take our word for it – everyone from Sir Walter Scott to a host of American presidents, world leaders, and international entertainers has been eager to take advantage.

If people come for the Stone, many stay for the mystical and beautiful Rock Close and gardens. Time has its own rules here. So settle down and spend some of that time with us.

The Stone of Eloquence

For over 200 years, world statesmen, literary giants, and legends of the silver screen have joined the millions of pilgrims climbing the steps to kiss the Blarney Stone and gain the gift of eloquence. Its powers are unquestioned but its story still creates debate.

Some say it was Jacob’s Pillow, brought to Ireland by the prophet Jeremiah. Here it became the Lia Fail or ‘Fatal Stone’, used as an oracular throne of Irish kings – a kind of Harry Potter-like ‘sorting hat’ for kings. It was also said to be the deathbed pillow of St Columba on the island of Iona. Legend says it was then removed to mainland Scotland, where it served as the prophetic power of royal succession, the Stone of Destiny.

When Cormac MacCarthy, King of Munster, sent five thousand men to support Robert the Bruce in his defeat of the English at Bannockburn in 1314, a portion of the historic Stone was given by the Scots in gratitude – and returned to Ireland.

Others say it may be a stone brought back to Ireland from the Crusades – the ‘Stone of Ezel’ behind which David hid on Jonathan’s advice when he fled from his enemy, Saul. A few claim it was the stone that gushed water when struck by Moses.

Whatever the truth of its origin, we believe a witch saved from drowning revealed its power to the MacCarthys.

Gerrie – vir jou :

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Lekker naweek!

xxRxx

Kommentaar
  1. Ierland is ‘n magiese plek. Laat my weet as jy daar gaan kuier – ek wil saamkom! 8)

  2. Roer sê:

    As ek gedink het dit sou werk, sou ek daai klippie ‘n smooch gaan gee. Ek wil sooooo graag ‘the gift of the gap’ he. Weet darem nie of ek so ver so vlie daarvoor nie, maar dit lyk regtig asemrowend mooi daarso en ek het ook nogal ‘n ding vir kastele. Sal beslis daarvoor die moeite doen.

  3. Fairydust sê:

    “Magical”, mal daaroor, ek sou beslis gaan as ek die geleentheid gehad het!!

  4. kaalvoetkind sê:

    Interessante post René!! Ons kuier soms saam met werkskollegas van my man, wat afkomstig van Engeland is en nog tot die einde van die jaar hier gaan werk. Van hulle het Ierse en Skotse voorouers en mens moet mooi luister om te hoor wat hulle sê!! Gaan loer bietjie by Mieliepap se blog in -ek sien hy was onlangs op besoek aan Ierland en het ook baie mooi foto’s.

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