A Bunch of Blarney

Blarney Castle

Nearly six hundred years ago, one of Ireland’s greatest chieftains, Cormac MacCarthy, built Blarney Castle. It has been attracting attention ever since as a world landmark and one of Ireland's greatest treasures. The lower walls are 15 feet with a tower built by the MacCarthys of Munster. During the time the castle was occupied by Cormac MacMarthy, King of Munster, he is said to have supplied four-thousand men from Munster to supplement the forces of Robert the Bruce at the battle of Bannockburn in 1314.

Legend says that Robert the Bruce gave half of the Stone of Scone—also known as the Stone of Destiny—to MacCarthy in gratitude. The Stone of Scone (pronounced skoon) is believed to be the pillow stone used by the Biblical Jacob. Now known as the Blarney Stone, the Legendary Stone of Eloquence, it was incorporated in the battlements where it can be kissed, bestowing the kisser with the gift of gab, never again to be at a loss for words.

Romancing the Stone

That the stone is part of the Stone of Scone is only one of several “beliefs” in the stone's origin, not the least of which is that it was created by a witch during the middle ages. Other myths as to the Blarney Stone's origin include:

  • That it was the pillow used by St. Columba of Iona on his deathbed...
  • That it was the Stone of Ezel, which David hid behind on Jonathan's advice, while fleeing from King Saul and brought back to Ireland during the Crusades...
  • That it was the rock that Moses struck with his staff to produce water for the Israelites during their flight from Egypt...
  • And that it was related to the stone known as the Lia Fail, part of the king's throne, imbued with mysterious powers.

With all these beliefs and possibilities, one thing emerges as the undeniable truth, a fact that can't be argued, and that is this: It is, without a doubt, a stone.

The list of Blarney Stone pucker-uppers is a long one indeed, and contains many persons of importance and fame. To name but a few: Winston Churchill; Mick Jagger; Laurel and Hardy; Milton Hershey; Nelly Bly; Sir Walter Scott; and a host of American presidents, world leaders, and international entertainers.

See a video of people kissing the Blarney Stone at the bottom of this article.

Queen Elizabeth I
Queen Elizabeth I

"He's Full of Blarney!"

But the term applied as “the gift of Blarney” has an origin unrelated to the stone. Let us first look at the definition of the word “blarney” as defined in the 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue, originally by Francis Grose:

‘Blarney’: He has licked the blarney stone; he deals in the wonderful, or tips us the traveller. The blarney stone is a triangular stone on the very top of an ancient castle of that name in the county of Cork in Ireland, extremely difficult of access; so that to have ascended to it, was considered as a proof of perseverance, courage, and agility, whereof many are supposed to claim the honour, who never achieved the adventure: and to tip the blarney, is figuratively used telling a marvellous story, or falsity; and also sometimes to express flattery. Irish.

Ok, but where did this notion or “blarney” come from? Queen Elizabeth I decreed that all properties should be given over to the crown. MacCarthy wasn't so easy however, and continually delayed giving Blarney Castle by writing to the queen and praising her with his flowery prose, but never actually ceding Blarney Castle to her. This went on and on. Finally, in frustration, the Queen exclaimed, “Blarney this and Blarney that. He's all Blarney!”   Of course, her actual words are not known.  Suffice it to say, it had something to do with MacCarthy being full of blarney.  Now a days, we call it being full of something else.  Except blarney is more artful.

Let's Get Stoned

It is interesting to note that many people who have taken rocks away from Blarney Castle & the mystical gardens of Rock Close, and brought them home from their vacation, have claimed that they have been plagued with very bad luck, and many mailed the rocks back to the proprietors of Blarney Castle to be placed in their original position. It is said that all “borrowed” stones have been returned.

So plan a trip to the Emerald Isle and don't forget your Chapstick. It gets mighty windy upon the battlements of Blarney Castle, where no doubt you'll want to be lowered, backwards, over the side to plant a wet one on the Stone of Eloquence, and be forever endowed with the gift of blarney. Did I tell you that you look mighty fine today? As sweet as a dewdrop on a spring morn.

Blarney Castle House Lake
Blarney Castle House Lake

These Quotes are all Blarney

“The truth is that the Irish are so clear-headed and critical that they still regard rhetoric as a distinct art, as the ancients did. Thus a man makes a speech as a man plays a violin, not necessarily without feeling, but chiefly because he knows how to do it. Another instance of the same thing is that quality which is always called the Irish charm. The Irish are agreeable, not because they are particularly emotional, but because they are very highly civilised. Blarney is a ritual; as much of a ritual as kissing the Blarney Stone.” - GK Chesterton 1909

“Baloney is flattery laid on with a trowel. Blarney is flattery laid on with the lips; that is why you have to kiss a stone to get it” - Monsignor Fulton Sheen

“The difference between ‘blarney’ and ‘baloney’ is this: Baloney is when you tell a 50-year old woman that she looks 18. Blarney is when you ask a woman how old she is, because you want to know at what age women are most beautiful.” - Unknown

President Clinton claimed at a fundraiser for John Kerry to have kissed the Blarney Stone, although Jay Leno reckoned he’d initially denied it claiming "the stone kissed him.”

"'Tis there's the stone that whoever kisses
He never misses to grow eloquent;
'Tis he may clamber to a lady's chamber,
Or become a member of Parliament.
"A noble spouter he'll sure turn out, or
An out and outer to be let alone;
Don't try to hinder him, or to bewilder him,
For he is a pilgrim from the Blarney stone."

- "The Groves of Blarney,"

‘Thus strong the Blarney influence is shown, E’en upon those most distant from the stone:- The power, alike attractive, through the whole, Is found pervading – thus is but the pole. Astounding thought!- have we the centre here, Round which revolves the human hemisphere?- 1842, John Hogan

Kissing the Blarney Stone

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Elena. 7 years ago from Madrid

I'm sure you've kissed the stone and been blessed with the eloquence gift!  What a wonderful, but wonderful take on the weekly hubmob! 

The unknown quote is fantastic!!  How come all great quotes are of unknown origins?

Last, and I'll stop blabbering (maybe I need to plan a trip to kiss the stone!): "Now a days, we call it being full of something else."  I do wonder what that something else could be!  Laugh!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Alas, I have never kissed the stone. If I did, I might be dangerous! That's my favorite quote too. I actually object to my own words there. Blarney is so much more artful. But even we'll add at the end of something, "and that's no blarney."

Thanks for coming by and reading this and leaving your always thoughtful comments. Again, we pass like two ships in the night! Good night, my dear!


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ParadigmShift... 7 years ago from San Jose, CA

Methinks this "gift of gab" might be spread like a virus from those that have kissed the stone. And that it isn't entirely necessary (today) to actually physically kiss the stone yourself.

I know quite a few people who can go on & on & on about this or that and who are, in their own minds, the end all in the goings on of whatever they happened to be "gabbing" about. And as far as I know, these people have never set foot on Ireland. Which, by the way, looks very appealing and I am adding a "trip to Ireland" to my things to do when I'm financially free list.

Top 'O the Morning to ya!


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Elena. 7 years ago from Madrid

Good night to you, sweets! I'm rereading parts of this hub, it's wonderful! I hope it gets nominated to hubnuggets, or something, but if it doesn't it's still a winner in my mind!! Besos!


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Amanda Severn 7 years ago from UK

Hi Chris,

The Irish blarney is a relative of the Irish craic. Tis a great gift to be blessed with Irish charm AND the gift of the gab, but I'm sure your Irish antecedents have genetically endowed you with both! Great hub Chris, and top o' the mornin' to you!


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Teresa McGurk 7 years ago from The Other Bangor

I kissed the stone back in the days before they started sanitizing the process (now I think they wipe the stone after each smoochie or something). Although I'm naturally reticent in conversation, I do enjoy the craic. And the craic is always good around HubPages.

Great research, great hub, and that's no blarney.


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C.A. Hubberpants 7 years ago from HubPages Lounge

You say you've never kissed a blarney stone, but I can spot baloney when I see it, and you've done it mister. Thanks to you, I now recognize blarney from baloney, and you're no baloney, so that makes you pure blarney.

Someone else mentioned you may have inherited your silver tongue, and that would be a logical thing as well. If this is the case, then please don't ever kiss or lick any of those blarney stones because you would indeed be highly dangerous! :D

Now, in the words of one of the most highly regarded hubbers...Nice hub.


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sheenarobins 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Irish eyes are surely smiling -- and we all will be breathing easier -- with this green court ruling on St. Patrick's Day. The court recognized the blarney in the administration's plan to gut a key part of the Clean Air Act and rejected it. Now thousands of dirty facilities will not be able to pollute more.

~ John Walke

I managed to find another quote. ;) and here is my favorite Irish Girl. If you have not heard of her prank call then please click the link...

http://www.johntedwards.com/2006/10/15/little-iris...

I'm on the cult! That's why I'm here.


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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

This is certainly not a blarneyed hub for blarneying does not require research and certainly this one required it. No blarneys in what I said for I do not blarney :D

Btw, I had fun with the Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue! Its description of Blarney is quite a metaphor for something else :D


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goldentoad 7 years ago from Free and running....

I guess some of my stories can be described by this word. Nicely done CR, just like the Bogart hub, there's alot going on in this hub and you took me on another history lesson that if you told me ahead of time I would have said, Brain hurts, be back later... but you again drew me in and kept me in my seat.... are you trying to hypnotize me CR?


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Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

You really have romanced that old stone and how, Christoph! What a great take-off from the HubNob Weekly topic!


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Terrific hub, Christoph! I think everyone has heard of the Blarney Stone, but I honestly had no idea what it really was. Actually, I thought somebody had to pull a sword out of it, or something.

Thanks for the education, so incredibly well written! Thumbs up for you!


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Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

Oh Oh Oh I've been there. It was amazing. After that trip I became severely afraid of heights (never was before) and feltvertigo for the rest of the trip. It was on the top of the Blarney Castle that it all began. Too many castles, or... something els? I don't know. But I do know that I almost threw up and I never did kiss the stone because of that. Hmmm.

From what I witnessed, it is extremely difficult to do and they actually have someone up there to help you out.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Paradigm: I think you may be correct. The true blarney however, is never boorish, but rather artful and pleasing to the ear. I agree...a trip to Ireland has been on my list lo these many years. My aunt just went and naturally, kissed the stone. I was so jealous.

And a top o' the mornin' to you, too!

Elena: Thank you for your kind words. I am certainly glad you enjoyed it.

Amanda: Thank you so much. I hope I at least appear to have a bit of the blarney bestowed upon me. Appreciate the comment!

Theresa: Why, I can tell you've kissed the stone. Sure. Now, it appears people have been kissing the wrong stone all these years, according to some scientist who did carbon dating on the stones or some such nonsense. I elected not to read the information or include it. Can't even enjoy a good legend without some scientist throwing a cog into the wheels. I'll still kiss the stone if I ever have the opportunity, because if you believe it, then it will be true!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

C.A. Hubberpants: Ha! Well, thank you. When you say I'm full of blarney, I trust you mean in the good sense: Like music to the ears, a beautiful harp played by a virtuoso for your pleasure. I thank you for your kind words, and to quote the immortal "L", well, let's just say I am beside myself. Split in two you might say, with laughter!

Nice comment.

Sheena: Thanks so much. That little girl is hysterical! The call to the demolitions company cracked me up. Thanks for sharing it. I'm going to send the link to my Irish relatives! You're in! Thanks again!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Cris A:  Thanks for the visit and the comment.  Leave it to you to divine the metaphor from the old definition of "blarney!"   Such a fertile imagination!  Thanks for your time!

goldentoad:  If you mean your hubs can be described by this word because of the artful way in which you write them, then I can agree.  Full of blarney, perhaps, but never full of s**t.  Thanks for the nice complement.  We do try...sometimes.  As for hypnotizing you, whatever do you mean?  Did you see my nice, new, shiney pocket watch.?  See how it hangs from it's chain...rocking back and forth...back and forth...calmly...languidly...back and forth...

Shalini:  A comment from you is always a welcomed greeting to my day.  Thanks for bestowing me with the honor.  I appreciate it.  If you meant to write "HubNob, then that comment belongs on the lesbian hub!

Shirley:  Thanks so much.  Couldn't very well not write something for the St. Patricks Day hubmob.  It just wouldn't have been right.  Thanks for your kind and generous comment! P.S.  I'll be sending you some pics today of the evil shirt!  It's a bad, mean shirt!

Freida:  I wonder what the blarney stone had against you?  I detect that you have some blarney inherent, so maybe it was just too much power concentrated in one place.  No mortal could take it.  It is kind of difficult to kiss the stone.  You sit on the top rampart, backwards.  Then an old Irish codger lowers you backwards until you are completely hanging over the side,  backwards.  It is from there you kiss the stone.  If you were to slip, you would not survive.  That is why in the olden days, it was a sign of courage to kiss it (they did it unaided by an old, Irish codger) and why so many claimed to have kissed it when in fact, they hadn't.  Thanks for the visit, my friend!

 

 

 

 


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Anna Marie Bowman 7 years ago from Florida

I don't think I would ever actually kiss the Blarney Stone.  I hear it's full of germs and bird poop.  Yuck!!! But, maybe they clean it, or something, now...I don't know. LOL!  Great hub, Chris!!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Thanks, Anna. I would kiss it, for sure. Theresa was saying up there that now they wipe it before and after anyone kisses it.


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sixtyorso 7 years ago from South Africa

Aah to be sure to sure. That is yourself then. Great St Patrick's hub. Timely and informative. tis a bit like the man himself. you always take the high road!


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Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

Christoph - LOL - well if a slip of the tongue is no fault of the mind (no blarney here, *sigh*)... what is a slip of the keyboard I wonder? 


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

60orso: Why, I do believe you have a wee bit of the Irish charm yourself. Thanks for checking this out and taking the time to comment.

Shalini: No fault of the fingers? Thanks, Shalini. It's always nice to know you have read something I've written.


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Sally's Trove 7 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

Apparently you kissed the blarney stone, even if you say you didn't. Maybe in your dreams, or just by the virtue of those here on HP who think you have. But you have the blarney, not the baloney.

Awesome Hub. I admit to being with Shirley on not knowing much about the stone. Maybe she and I would be putting our hands together to pull a sword out of the thing. Personally, I wouldn't mind kissing it at all, bird doo or human whoofxgh or whatever, if it gave me what you have.

Is stone pronounced stoon?


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Sally:  I must confess, I didn't know much about the blarney stone either, so it was new to me as well.  I think you already have a gift of communication and needn't kiss the stone at all.  I would, of course, kiss it in a second.

Is stone pronounced stoon?  Good question.  Let me think...firstly, it is said that a true Irishman can tell the difference between 32 different Irish dialects - one for each county in the Emerald Isle.  We'll stick with County Cork, where the forfathers of yours truly hailed from. The way the vowel  is pronounced in "stone" is a diphthong rather than a pure vowel sound.  It first begins thusly:  STOH  and then glides lyrically into OOON.  So it is pronounced STOH-OON.  It basically sounds like our pronunciation, with a little more exaggerated ending, but it's very smooth and subtle.  For example:

"Ha-ware-ya?" I'm just grahnd. I had a fine lunch of "tamahtoe" and "bahsil"; but me "arse" is "soh-oor" from kissing the Blahr-ney Stoh-oon."


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Jewels 7 years ago from Australia

Well I've kissed that Blarney stone, and hey presto! I'm still alive, germs and all. Two men hold you while you lean backward, in this reverse type inverted posture you kiss this stone that apparently many people have either urinated on and done all sorts of things to. Thankfully I didn't know that at the time! But whilst inverted, sort of hanging upside down. If they were to let you go, I wouldn't be typing this little response, it's a long way to fall.

But hey, while in Rome you have to do it. Maybe I'd wipe a bit of alcohol on it first, if they don't mind you in reverse pike position with the Pinoclean.


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

I have never met an Irishman (or lass) who didn't have the gift of gab. It seems to be a national trait... I wonder if natives kiss the Blarney Stone or if it's sort of like a tourists-only thing. For example, I lived in NY many years and never went up in the Empire State Building until I had out of town guests.

Like your hub a lot, CR. Especially the subheads and the quotes! MM


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Well, hello Jewels. You did the right thing. I didn't need to know some of that though. Theresa said that now they wipe it off before and after every kiss, and just keep it clean in general. I've seen video of people doing it. Maybe I should post one? I just might.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Mighty Mom: Thanks for coming by. Ain't that always the way. It was the same with me in New York, but my favorite was to take them on a late night run of the Staten Island Ferry. God, it was like a quarter or something! Same thing here with the Arch (and that's only if I fail to talk them out of it because it is BORING. Plus it costs 25 dollars!)

Anyway, I'll bet you're right about Irish people not kissing the Blarney Stone. I'll have to look into that.

Thanks for the visit and the thoughtful comment!


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gjcody 7 years ago

Thank you for the great history. I will pass this on to my daughter. She will be interested.

I know one thing ...my grandson is little over two and he talks from the time he gets up in the morning until he goes to bed at night. He is Irish. He difinitely will have a gift of gab someday.

My best to you and thank you for sharing.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Hi gjcody! Thanks for coming by. That's very flattering. I hope your daughter enjoys it. Yes, your son sounds like a natural. A chip off the old Blarney Stone, you might say. Thank you!


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

Hi CR, great hub. I watched a show on the History Channel about the blarney stone and then they showed people kissing the stone and it looked pretty scary to me. You have to bend over backwards while someone helps hold you to kiss the thing. I could probably use the gift but I don't know about that whole acrobatic act of kissing it. I'm not as young as I used to be and would probably pull a muscle, or the person holding me would drop me on my head or some other painful thing. Hmmm, maybe I should be dropped on my head, that might help my clouded brain.

I agree that you must have kissed that thing, you definetly have a gift.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Hi gwendymom! Thank you for the kind words! It was a pleasure to write it. I hope ll is well with you. We're about due for a night of hubjacking, don't you think?


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

Yes, we are. I am in need of some distraction today.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

I was thinking more like in the evening. I am in need of some sleep right now. ZZZZzzzzz.


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

That's fine. Why you so tired? It's morning time CR, you know that don't you?


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

I haven't been sleeping well, gwendymom. I've been running on empty for a while now. Not on purpose. It sucks.


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

Sorry CR, get a good nap. I had to go pick up kids and get them their lunch made anyway. I will be ready for action tonight though. Sleep well my friend, and sweet dreams.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Thanks, GM. I'll drift off pretty soon here.


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Make Money 7 years ago from Ontario

Real nice hub Chris.  Yep without a doubt, it's a stone. :-)

Have a rainbow day.

Mike


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Make Money: Thanks for the comment and the compliment. It IS undoubtedly a stone. I'll have a rainbow day, but is there a pot o' gold at the end of it?


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Make Money 7 years ago from Ontario

Yeah but you'll have to wrestle a leprecon. :-)


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ajcor 7 years ago from NSW. Australia

Great hub Christop - love all the info. and the video showing just how you carry out the kissing process - my second son kissed the blarney stone a few year sback and I tell he is full of it.. often gets asked to speak at family weddings ..he is a  funny fellow ...but seems to have got worse since his Irish trip ..since he kissed the Stone of Eloquence..although he rang me to say he was a little worried about the urination factor which he too (as per Jewels) heard about after the event....great hub as always...cheers

ps haven't got around to getting hold of the photo as yet of the Humphrey look alike


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Make Money: I'm Irish. Maybe he and I can reach an agreement.

ajcor: Did you mean your son got worse or better after kissing the stone. I'd stop worrying about the pee. I don't believe it happens anymore and was probably exaggerated in the first place. I'm still making the rounds of the Paddy's Day hubs...I haven't gotten to yours yet. Don't worry about the pic. It's not important.

Thanks for coming by. As always, you're a sight for sore eyes.


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ajcor 7 years ago from NSW. Australia

definitely more verbose and funnier, particularly after a few beers - his great aunts were visiting us last weekend and I said to him to be a little careful as he would give them the vapours! He and his beautiful wife will be in New York for St. Patrick's Day i think - the U.S. anyway but NY is the main event - so I am wondering whether they will go to any parades etc....cheers & thanks Chris


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

I went to the St. Paddy's Day parade in NY once during the 10 years I lived there. Most boring thing I ever saw. It's nothing but a bunch of cops walking down the street. Tell him not to waste his time.


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

CR, shades is on. I asked him to join us at bensons party or this other hub that is pretty funny.

http://hubpages.com/hub/Top-3-Reasons-to-Exercise-


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

I saw that he was here somewhere. Ok. I'll follow. Somebody call Spryte.


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

I already did. I hope she can make it.


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

Where do you want to go?


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goldentoad 7 years ago from Free and running....

so how was the last blast on beans?


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

I can't believe you joined his fan club GT, I think G-ma followed you over and joined and was very surprised.


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goldentoad 7 years ago from Free and running....

I'm planning on letting him get excited then take it back. I sent G-Ma an e-mail on it.


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

Oh, ok. he's such an idot. A few others have joined too. That guy needs to be put in his place.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Man, he's gonna freak. You know, I think he thought he was going to start writing here and all these guys were gonna think he was so cool. He wasn't expecting you, GT.


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goldentoad 7 years ago from Free and running....

no they know, we posted it on a thread the plan, except for G-Ma, she doesn't know but once she reads her e-mail, I'm sure she'll quit


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

I missed the thread.


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goldentoad 7 years ago from Free and running....

uh-oh, I don't think they do either, they joined and I don't think they followed the thread and are doing a mercy fanning


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Hi, g-mom. I can't bring myself to join his fan club, even as a joke.


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

me either. G-ma is on the hub now giving him hell. LOL.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

I've never seen her do that. I'll go check it out real quick.


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

LMAO, maybe we should all go and give him hell. I'm not sure. I think he might be a publicity whore.


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goldentoad 7 years ago from Free and running....

Up to you guys thats for sure, I have to wait for his comeback before I say anything else.


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

CR, did he get you? where are you? Come back.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

I don't know. I thought I kicked the "grillin beans" habit. if I say something I'll get started again. Besides, he gets off on it.


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

yea, your right. We need to find a hub to jack before Shades has to go. What one do you want?


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

I was going to follow you. Last time you picked one, we set a new record and there was a fistfight! Woo hoo!


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

LMAO, I know I am trying to avoid that this time.


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

I think Shades might have dumped us.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

That was great!

Yeah, He snuck out the window at Benson's.


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

I think I might have lost a friend or two over that one, but I also gained a few too. LOL.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Naw...you didn't. Why would you have? You didn't argue with anyone. Did you?


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

No, but I think RJ was mad at me. I don't know, but he hasn't said anything to me since then.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

He hasn't been on here in forever.  Maybe you chased him off the whole site!  Just kidding.  Naw.  He hasn't been on once in a long time, so you're imagining it.  He hasn't said anything to anybody.


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

I hope he isn't mad at me. I really do think he's pretty cool and would hate to loose him as a friend.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

I don't think he is.


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

Hubjacking isn't going so good tonight CR. We didn't plan very good.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Well, our own gang isn't here anymore, and we don't have much sway over the other gang.


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

I know, I miss the old gang really really badly. Damn them for deserting us!


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

Hey CR, I need to hit the shower. I don't know if I will get back on afterwards or not. I'll try though.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Yeah. I never did get any sleep. I think I'll put the computer aside and read a book and hit the sack. It was nice talking to you tonight though! Sleep tight.


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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

did anybody say hubjack?!

Bwt, idon't know about you but I'm missing cindy/misty


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ajcor 7 years ago from NSW. Australia

hubjack anyone/ when I looked at the link above it is disappearing hub - what happened there? a spot of plagiarism? from the remarks above I am totally guessing.....

http://hubpages.com/hub/Top-3-Reasons-to-Exercise-

I too feel a bit awful about the last one...where have all our hubber mates gone?


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Cris A: Yeah. As a matter of fact, I meant to leave a comment for her yesterday but forgot, so thanks for reminding me. I'll do that today.

ajcor: I don't know what's up with that hub. I never read it, but it must have been there last night. We'll have to do a hub jacking for old time's sake soon.


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britneydavidson 7 years ago from united kingdom

wow this looks really amazing and historical....your description is excellent.i liked the picutres as well...thanx for sharing such a great hub...keep it up.

have a look for this one....if you are a techie person i am sure you would love it

http://hubpages.com/technology/The-Nokia-888-Conce...

thanx


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Ardie 7 years ago from Neverland

Hey, I just realized my comment from yesterday never showed up on here! >:( I was just saying that I must have kissed the blarney stone plenty in a past life, because I never seem to shut up :D

Great hub, Christoph.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

britneydavidson: Thanks for the compliment!

Ardie: Plus I'm sure that WHAT you say is charming and artful. It may be that the gift comes automatically with red hair, or perhaps our ancestors pass it along through our genes.

Thank you for coming by and paying me a visit!


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blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

Good morning Christoph, each story I read from you I am more in awe each time as to what a great writer you are.I really enjoyed reading this one.Although I am a blonde I understood each enjoyable paragraph.Now I would like you to kneel before me as I dub thee 'Sir Christoph'. Haha you may now arise.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Blondepoet: Why, I will with grace and honor kneel before thee...for lots of reasons. And come on, you dispelled the myth of your being a dumb blonde long ago.

Thanks for stopping in and reading this and your lovely comment.


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mistyhorizon2003 7 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

Looks like I missed out on lots of fun and games whilst I was away, damn!!! Enjoyed this hub though Christoph and wished I had been in on the hubjacking and knew what it had all been about.

Could never kiss the Blarney Stone by the way, too scared of heights to go through what is involved. :)


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Misty: Thanks for stopping by...you've been gone too long! Lots of people wont kiss the stone for various reasons. I certainly would. I could bestow the stone with some new stuff!


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mistyhorizon2003 7 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

God help the stone if you 'bestow it with new stuff' Christoph LOL :)


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Misty: I wonder what would happen. It and me would probably blow up!


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mistyhorizon2003 7 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

LOL, along with everyone on the receiving end of all the resulting 'Blarney' I suspect :)


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Yes. They'd all be saying, "Oooooo. I've been blarnied!"


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mistyhorizon2003 7 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

But so much more preferable to being in the position to say, "Oooooo. I've been buggered!"

Don't you agree??


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Ha,ha! Oh, I wouldn't like to be buggard, I don't expect!


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mistyhorizon2003 7 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

Try it and let me know as you sound unsure as to if you would like it or not ;)

Personally a definite no no, some holes just aren't meant to be excavated :)


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

A friend of mine used to say, "That's exit only..."


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mistyhorizon2003 7 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

Well put, I couldn't agree more :)


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Peggy W 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

Very interesting hub about the Blarney stone, the castle, the possible origins of the stone and the beliefs about kissing it. Reading this on St. Patrick's Day. Have a good one! ☺

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