HISTORY OF THE WORD BLARNEY

Many people know about the Blarney Castle of the Blarney Stone but the word "Blarney" itself needs a little more explaining...

Blarney Castle, as viewed by the visitor today, is the third to have been erected on this site. The first building in the tenth century was a wooden structure. Around 1210 A.D. this was replaced by a stone structure which had the entrance some twenty feet above the ground on the north face. This building was demolished for foundations. In 1446 the third castle was built by Dermot McCarthy, King of Munster of which the keep still remains standing.

  CORMAC McCARTHY — KING OF MUNSTER

The lower walls are fifteen feet, built with an angle tower by the McCarthys of Muskerry. It was subsequently occupied at one time by Cormac McCarthy, King of Munster, who is said to have supplied four thousand men from Munster to supplement the forces of Robert the Bruce at the battle of Bannockburn in 1314. Legend has it that the latter king gave half of the Stone of Scone to McCarthy in gratitude. This, now known as the Blarney Stone, was incorporated in the battlements where it can now be kissed.
 

THE EARL OF LEICEISTER

The Earl of Leicester was commanded by Queen Elizabeth I to take the possession of the castle. Whenever he endeavored to negotiate the matter, McCarthy always suggested a banquet or some other form of delay, so that when the queen asked for progress reports a long missive was sent, at the end of which the castle remained untaken. The queen was said to be so irritated that she remarked that the earl's reports were all "Blarney".

Thus creating the term "Blarney" which is to mean the gift of eloquence. So Welcome, sit back enjoy some good drink, good times, and speak a little "Blarney" amongst friends.

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