The Gift Of Gab  LbNA # 35237

Placed DateJul 30 2007
CountyOther International
LocationCork, IRELAND, INT
Planted Byceltuscan    
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Background: Blarney Castle was built nearly six hundred years ago by one of Ireland's greatest Chieftains, Cormac MacCarthy, and has been attracting attention beyond Munster ever since. Not all of that has been welcome, as Good Queen Bess and Oliver Cromwell could testify. But over the last few hundred years, millions have flocked to Blarney, making it a world landmark and one of Ireland's greatest treasures.
Now, that might have something to do with the Blarney Stone, the legendary Stone of Eloquence, found at the top of the Tower. Kiss it, and you'll never again be at a loss for words. Everyone from Sir Walter Scott, to a host of American presidents, world leaders, and international entertainers have been eager to take advantage.

If people come for the Stone, many stay for the mystical and beautiful Rock Close and gardens. Time has its own rules here, and this is where you'll find what you seek.

After parking at Blarney Castle and paying the fee, walk up to the castle, and go to the right, looking in the caves for signs of leprechans. COntinue around the castle, and if desired, hike to the top of the castle, through narrow and steep stone circular stairways to kiss the famous stone. Upon leaving the castle, walk by the stables, and then take a left to go to the picnic area. Continue around the walk to the Rock Close. Pass the Dolmen, and make a wish as you walk up and back down the steps with your eyes closed. Continue by the witches kitchen, and visit the Fairy Glade. As you exit the Rock Close, keep your eye out for a strange double tree in the middle of a lawn, with a horizontal limb, connecting two large limbs, and looking amazingly like a harp. As you face the tree, walk to the right down a path, and over a bridge, about 8 pages, buried underneath on the left side of the bridge lies the goal.

Replace it and hide it well from visitors and carekeepers.