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kiss the blarney stone, to

To engage in outrageous flattery. The term comes from the fifteenth-century Blarney Castle, near Cork, Ireland, which has a triangular piece of engraved limestone embedded high on its wall. According to legend, anyone who could reach the stone and kiss it would be rewarded with acquiring the ability to cajole and flatter with great eloquence. To indulge tourists, the modern-day Irish have provided a substitute stone that is easier to reach and is, they claim, equally effective. The noun blarney has meant “inflated nonsense” since about 1800.
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"But the hours behind the wheel have been well rewarded with the brilliant views of the Norwegian fjords, sunsets over the sea and I even got to kiss the Blarney Stone on a tour of Ireland."
You can opt out of days out if you fancy a break from the open road - but the trip to kiss the Blarney Stone is not to be missed.
And while the Irish are famous for having the gift of the gab, 45% of those surveyed have yet to kiss the Blarney Stone in Co Cork.
Leaning back to kiss the Blarney stone, with a drop of more than 30m below, I could understand why the Queen and Obama chose to forgo the gift of the gab on their recent trips to Ireland.
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It has many quintessentially Irish sights and activities among its grand Georgian buildings, including the chance to sip whiskey at the Old Middleton Distillery, and to kiss the Blarney stone.
Ican't say I've ever wanted to kiss the Blarney Stone. But when the opportunity arose, I had to take it and joined the queue at Blarney Castle in County Cork to climb 100 steps to the top of tower where it sits.
Simon has already swum with reat white sharks off the coast of South Africa and still hopes to kiss the Blarney Stone, spend a night in Paris, drive north on Calfornia Highway One and spend summer in the mountains with wife Maxine.
Of course, we couldn't leave this part of the world without a trip to Blarney Castle and the chance to kiss the Blarney stone. I should warn those who have never been: if you have a bad back or a severe phobia of heights, this adventure may not be for you.
"Cork has so much to offer - fantastic scenery, bike tours and the opportunity to kiss the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle.
Allow me, please, to kiss the Blarney stone, find a four-leafed clover, pop my lucky heather in my back pocket, cross my fingers, and hope for the best.
DERRY City players may well opt to kiss the Blarney Stone in Cork tomorrow afternoon - but only if they open their defence of the FAI Cup with a victory over the Co Cork junior side.
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But no way can you not tour around the Castle and grounds,or ascend up the narrow, twistingCastle stairways to kiss the Blarney Stone. What the attraction is of bending backwards, with necessary assistance,over a frighteningly high battlements gap to kiss a piece of fortification I'llnever know,but that's the Irish for you -and thousands do it annually,in pursuit of the fabled eloquence it bestows.