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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.
Blarney is the name of a town, a stream and especially a castle built in 1446 in County Cork, Ireland.
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"Prime Minister Curtin told his House of Representatives [on 24 April 1945] the Australian government 'considered it was both logical and appropriate that Australian forces should take over the islands which formed our outer screen of defence and which were mostly our own territory.' And he went on: 'The Government accepts full responsibility for the operations that are being carried out.' The Australian general in charge, Blarney, kept MacArthur informed of those operations, but MacArthur, of course, gave 'no specific instructions' regarding them.
As usual, attendees will be treated to bagpipers, Irish rhythm dancers, live Irish rebel music (by Mulligan Stew), 50/50 Pot o' Gold raffle tickets, $50 Dream Tickets for $5,000 plus additional cash prizes (only 300 sold), an Irish baking contest, great craic' and barrels of blarney, according to Sheridan.
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.
3 BLARNEY CASTLE SITUATED five miles from Cork City, this historic castle is most famous for the Blarney Stone, which has the traditional power of conferring eloquence on all who kiss it - the gift of the gab.
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James Lyttleton, Blarney Castle: An Irish Tower House (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2011, 157 pp., [euro]45 hardback, [euro]19.95 paperback)
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