Friday, August 7, 2015

Ireland Trip #53: To Kiss or not? A Local Legend about the Blarney Stone

Next to the Blarney Stone
This blog continues our visit to the famous Blarney Castle and here we'll talk about our decision "To Kiss or not?" when it came to the Blarney Stone. 

TO KISS THE BLARNEY STONE OR NOT - Most of the people who went through the ruins of Blarney Castle were determined to kiss the stone when they got to the top of the castle. Not so for us. 

The Blarney Stone
For one, it was hanging over an opening that led to a 600 foot drop and I'm afraid of heights. Further, they have one guy HOLDING your legs while you get on your back, and slide through the opening and under the stone, to kiss it. There's another guy photographing you as you kiss the stone.


Secondly, we heard that the locals pee on the stone before the castle opens so they can laugh at the tourists who kiss it.. Now, that may not be true, but those Irish are feisty!  So, we took no chances. 


What you hang over to kiss the stone
WINDEX - Yes, there was a bottle of windex and a rag with one of the two employees standing next to the stone and helping people kiss it, but they never used it to clean the stone after people kissed it. We think it was just for show, or they only use it at the end of the night. Then first thing in the morning, before the castle opens, they pee on the stone. 

 NEXT: Blarney Castle's Murder Hole and Ghost  

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

Great Books by our friends

Great Books by our friends
Check out these great books (yeah, Rob's are in there, too)

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next

Podcast of Rob's 50 min. interview on Paranormal Filler Radio 7/13/14