The Gift of the Gab
The Blarney Stone is one of the cultural touchstones that has made Ireland so popular. Built into the Battlements of Blarney castle it is thought to endow the kisser with the ‘gift of the gab’ or blarney.
But what is blarney?
As the famous Irish politician John O’Connor Power once put it ” ‘Blarney is something more than mere flattery. It is flattery sweetened by humor and flavored by wit.” Everyone- from movie stars to politicians- have ventured to Ireland to kiss this lucky stone and win some blarney.