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village, Co. Cork, SE Republic of Ireland. Those who kiss the Blarney Stone, placed in an almost inaccessible position near the top of the thick stone wall of the 15th-century castle, are supposed to gain marvelous powers of persuasion and cajolery. The castle was militarily important in the 17th-century wars of Oliver CromwellCromwell, Oliver
, 1599–1658, lord protector of England. Parliamentary General

The son of a gentry family, he entered Cambridge in 1616 but probably left the next year.
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 and William III. Tweed is manufactured in the village.
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MacArthur 'advised him [Curtin] strongly not to permit the tactical program suggested by General Blarney.
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Book of Kells, above, the Guiness Storehouse in Dublin, top, the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle, above, and Holy Cross Abbey, right
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Superstitions continued the next day at Blarney Castle, where we climbed the winding staircase to the Blarney stone at the top, scaring myself silly.
Kissing the Blarney Stone supposedly gives you "the gift of eloquence.
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A short drive north is Blarney Castle where legend has it if you kiss the famous stone you'll be blessed with the gift of the gab.
In 1446, the limestone Blarney Stone was set in the Blarney Castle tower.
Today's Harry Shaw holiday prize is a five-day/four-night trip for two to the Ring of Kerry, Blarney, Killarney and Dublin worth pounds 259.
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