the blarney castle

Blarney Castle, County Cork, Ireland ~ Earlier fortifications were built of wood on the same spot prior to 1200 CE.  Around 1210 a stone fortification was built. It was destroyed in 1446, but subsequently rebuilt by Cormac Laidir MacCarthy, Lord of Muscry.  Caisleán na Blarnan has been sold and changed hands a number of times.  The castle is now a partial ruin with some accessible rooms and battlements. At the top of the castle lies the Stone of Eloquence, better known as the Blarney Stone. There are many legends as to the origin of the stone, but some say that it was the Lia Fáil—a magical stone upon which Irish kings were crowned.  Presently owned by Sir Charles St John Colthurst, the property is open to the public.

Blarney

For @timepetalsprompts weekly drabble prompt “stone.” A double Drabble with Ten x Rose.
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“Shut. Up. You did not start the legend of the Blarney Stone.”

“You doubt me?” the Doctor demanded, eyebrow raised.

“If there’s anyone who’s full of blarney, it’s you. I know this one. Mo’s dad was Irish and he told me. The bloke from Blarney Castle needed to argue in court and he asked a Goddess for the gift of gab. She told him to kiss the stone, and he did, and he won the case.”

“Welllll…..the whole goddess thing was to make the story a bit sexier. What happened was, I was there, investigating weird rift activity, and I told the guy, Cormac McCarthy:, that he might as well kiss the wall as ask some goddess for help. He took my advice. Don’t know why he did it upside down.”

“You’re full of blarney,” Rose repeated, shaking her head. “Didja kiss the wall too?”

“Nah, I’m just naturally gifted. Wouldn’t want to waste a kiss on a wall.”

“Really,” Rose said, flashing him his smile, the one with the tongue. “What would you kiss?”

“You know. Why would I kiss a wall when I could be kissin’ the only goddess I’ve ever believed in?” And so, he did.

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Ireland Part 2:

Blarney Castle. My god this place is beautiful. So so beautiful, and so fun to explore. The area is MASSIVE with gardens and waterfalls and an estate too. It’s AMAZING. Kissing the stone was MUCH farther reach than I expected. I was so scared I was going to fall with how far you have to go, but I did it! But I could have spent HOURS here just walking around exploring everything and taking it all in. I love castles and seeing this one was absolutely amazing!

This lovely house takes up residence on the grounds of Blarney Castle in County Cork, Ireland.  You can see it from the top of the castle, where the blarney stone is found, and you can find it by exploring the beautiful, expansive gardens.  Unfortunately, this building is only open during the “tourist season” so I was not allowed to study the mysterious interiors.  I imagine them to be just as glorious as the exterior.  

Molly Renee