Captain's Cabin

Pirate Lord of the Platinum Coast
View My Profile


Dogs have owners, Cats have staff.
Cleo on the Beach - Dianna
Find my staff on:

Blogger Button Twitter Facebook Button MySpace Button Photobucket Button


Be kind to animals!
Terry & Friend
Have lunch with Hockey Player!


House Panthers


Tuxie Gang Hideout


Pink Ladies


Coat of Many Colors


Got Nip?


Kats Cat of the Day
Nov. 7, 2007


I've been limericked

Thanks to Mickey for this award!


Extraordinary Gold Star Award
Thanks to Chey for this award!


Bloggers of the World Award
Catnip Corner has given me this wonderful award!


You make my day award
I have recieved this award from Gretchen and Mr. Hendrix!


Thinking Blogger Award
Thanks to Kitty Limericks, MoMo and Sunny for this great award!


Toadally Awesome Award

Thanks to Wild Cats Three for this award.


Inpiring Blog Award

I have received this award from Mickey.


Excellent Blog Award

Thanks to St. Louis Meezers and Wild Cat's Three for this Award!


Caring Cat Award

Mickey has given me this Award!


Thanks to Sunny & Ollie for this award!


Presented to me by Digicats (& Dogs) a.k.a. my Bean!


Monday, March 3, 2008

Myth Monday: Blarney Stone

Castles The Blarney Stone is a block of bluestone built into the battlements of Blarney Castle, Blarney about 8 km from Cork, Ireland. According to legend, kissing the stone endows the kisser with the gift of gab (great eloquence or skill at flattery). The stone was set into a tower of the castle in 1446. The castle is a popular tourist site in Ireland, attracting visitors from all over the world to kiss the Stone and tour the castle and its charming gardens.

The word blarney has come to mean clever, flattering, or coaxing talk. (As in "That's a bunch of Blarney for ya.")

The stone, which is believed by some to be half of the original Stone of Scone, was presented to Cormac McCarthy by Robert the Bruce in 1314 in recognition of his support in the Battle of Bannockburn.

The proprietors of Blarney Castle list several alternative explanations for the origins of the Stone and its supposed powers, all of which suppose that the Stone had previously been in Ireland but was then taken to Scotland and returned to Ireland in 1314. The stories they list include:

* the Stone was the stone that Jacob used as a pillow, and was brought to Ireland by the prophet Jeremiah
* the Stone was the pillow used by St. Columba of Iona on his deathbed
* the Stone was the Stone of Ezel, which David hid behind on Jonathan's advice, while fleeing from King Saul, and may have been brought back to Ireland during the Crusades
* the Stone was the rock that Moses struck with his staff to produce water for the Israelites, during their flight from Egypt
* in Ireland, the Stone was known as the Lia Fáil or "Stone of Destiny", part of the king's throne, with mysterious powers
* the stone's powers were revealed to the McCarthys by a witch who had been saved from drowning

It is claimed that the synonymy of "Blarney" with "empty flattery" derives from a circumstance in which Queen Elizabeth I, while requesting an oath of loyalty to retain occupancy of land, received responses from Cormac Teige McCarthy, the Lord of Blarney, which amounted to subtle diplomacy, and promised loyalty to the Queen without "giving in". Elizabeth proclaimed that McCarthy was giving her "a lot of Blarney", thus apparently giving rise to the legend.

You can visit the Blarney Castle website to view the castle, the grounds and the Blarney Stone. You can also send an E-Card with pictures of the castle or the grounds on it.


Parker said...

Mommy says that I don't need to kiss the stone. I am already full of it.
I don't know what she's talking about!

goldenshade said...

That is very interesting. The wee one has a book about it so I am going to show him this to further his Blarney knowledge.


-d ma said...

don't think the boyz would be too happy if i brought in a big stone for them to use as a pillow. just a guess.

Tybalt said...

Another interesting post, Diamond! I love learning from you. Purrrs!

Sunny's Mommy said...

I see your beans finally made your new pub banner. It looks really good!

Cheysuli and gemini said...

Fascinating. Is the pub located near the stone? I mean you have gone all out!

Daisy said...

Diamond, you are smart!

Kellie The Orange Cat said...

I LOVE your Myth Mondays!

Your new header is very nice, is it just for St. Paddy's day?

jan said...

You mean humans really travel miles to kiss a rock?


Gandalf & Grayson said...

We think for sure our Grampy must have kissed that stone, cause he sure can throw the Blarney around!

MoMo said...

That's interesting, especially since we kitties are going to Ireland for St Patrick's Day. Your blog is always very interesting and informative!

PB & J said...

Very cool - we love your myth Mondays! And we love the new "Black Cat Pub"!

Bounce, Lucy and Trixie said...

That was interesting stuff about the Blarney Stone. Mom said that her parents spent their honeymoon in Ireland and they kissed the stone!

Bounce, Lucy and Trixie said...

That was interesting stuff about the Blarney Stone. Mom said that her parents spent their honeymoon in Ireland and they kissed the stone!

Mickey said...

I really like your informative Myth Mondays.It's fun to learn why our humans do things like kiss rocks!!Heehee
Purrs Mickey

PeeEss: Your comments on my blog made Mom laugh,heeheehee

Cat-a-holic, Lilly and Laila said...

Our Mom kissed that Blarney Stone last June and boy, she talks even more now than she did before she went! We think she's full of blarney half the time. After she kissed it she put the Purell on her lips. hahaha!

Laila and Lilly McNamara (the leaders of the band)

The Devil Dog said...

That was cool, thanks.