The origin of the Blarney Stone, at Barney Castle, Cork, is, thanks to an array of different legends, somewhat uncertain. What is certain is that kissing the Blarney Stone is supposed to give those brave enough to kiss it the gift of being able to speak with charm, persuasion and wit.
Strength of faith
The belief that kissing the Blarney Stone will endow you with the gift of eloquence is apparently so strong that for more than 200 years, millions of pilgrims, including literary giants, silver screen legends and statesmen from around the world, have climbed the tiny, dank and winding staircase leading up to the stone.
Kissing the Blarney Stone
In the past, visitors wishing to kiss the stone were simply grabbed by the ankles and lowered down to it head first.
Today, matters are a little more civilised and less dangerous. Leaning backwards from the battlement walk while holding on to iron rails and being pushed in the general direction of the stone by an assisting staff member holding you by a handful of your clothes is, however, still a somewhat precarious situation to be in.
The dangers of kissing the Blarney Stone
Falls from height: while kissing the Blarney Stone are made unlikely by metal railings, bending over backwards could, however, cause back injuries unless you are very careful. Those with existing back issues should definitely think twice before attempting this manoeuvre. There is also a risk of slips, trips and falls not only on the damp staircase leading up to the stone, but all around the castle grounds.
Other attractions and dangers
Sitting atop a cliff, Blarney Castle offers some stunning views from the battlement walk and is also home to beautiful gardens; Badgers Cave, a dungeon, the Witch Stone, Witch’s Kitchen and the Wishing Steps. The latter in particular can be slippery when wet, and slips, trips or falls can happen at any time.
Although the grounds are closed during poor and dark weather conditions, a sudden swing in conditions could easily lead to injuries by slipping, tripping or falling anywhere within the grounds. Minding your step at all times is therefore of vital importance.
Blarney Castle mishaps
If you had a slip, trip or fall at Blarney Castle and someone else was responsible for your injury by tripping, slipping or falling, you may qualify for compensation.
Confirm your claim eligibility and enlist an in-house Accident Advice Helpline solicitor to support you throughout the claim process by calling us from your landline phone or your mobile on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 now.
Date Published: April 29, 2016
Author: Accident Advice