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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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Over 425,000 visit the Blarney Stone every year but 40 per cent - 170,000 - can't go through with it when they get there, due to fear or flexibility.
It is believed the swan landed in the field due to a territory row with a rival at Blarney Lake.
Blarney is the name of a town, a stream and especially a castle built in 1446 in County Cork, Ireland.
Scott Bibby, who was outside the Blarney Stone when the elderly man was stabbed, went to help him.
The Australian general in charge, Blarney, kept MacArthur informed of those operations, but MacArthur, of course, gave 'no specific instructions' regarding them.
Tom Coleman, chairman of the Blarney Street and Surrounding Areas Community Association, told the Irish Sunday Mirror: "Angela lives nearby and she calls in on them regularly.
The word Blarney was introduced into the English language by Queen Elizabeth I and is described as pleasant talk, intended to deceive without offending.
In fact, the neglect of Blarney Castle is symptomatic of a wider pattern wherein the Irish tower houses and churches of the late medieval period, those ubiquitous monuments of their time, have attracted sustained attention from only a handful of scholars.
to Eureka Springs to operate their existing tattoo shop, House of Ink, in Eureka and open up the Blarney Stone in mid-November.
There's no shortage of blarney in "Stella Days," heimer Thaddeus O'Sullivan's largely winning drama about '50s rural Ireland, but it's blarney with a twist.
The talking horse is the Adrian Maguire-trained Blarney Kestrel, an impressive winner at Dromahane in April, who is a great granddaughter of the mighty chaser Denman's dam Polly Puttens.
Blarney Golf & Leisure Resort: this 4-star resort in County Cork offers exceptional facilities with great entertainment, plus the chance to kiss the famous Blarney stone