Village (pop., 2002: 2,146), County Cork, Ireland. Situated northwest of the city of Cork, it is famous as the site of Blarney Castle (circa 1446). Below the battlements on the southern castle wall is the Blarney Stone, which in local legend is said to confer eloquence on anyone who kisses it.
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By kissing the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle, it is claimed that one can receive the "Gift of the Gab" (eloquence, or skill at flattery or persuasion). The legend has its roots in the response of the Queen of England, Queen Elizabeth I to Cormac Teige McCarthy's attempt to blandish his way out of a difficult situation, during negotiations of the takeover of the Blarney Castle by the occupying English forces. Cormac himself was the King of Munster, living in the Blarney Castle around the 14th century. The stone itself is rumoured to have been created by a witch during the Middle Ages.
The centre of the village is dominated by The Square - a grass field where Blarney locals and the townpeople from Cork City journey to during the summer. Activities include soccer, sunbathing and other recreational activities.
Various attempts to beautify the square over the years have always been met with stiff objection from the locals. Previous uses include a market square
Local radio sations that can be picked up in the Blarney area are RedFM,C103,96fm,Cork Campass Radio,LifeFM.
This is a Catholic boys’ primary school catering for approximately 154 pupils. Situated in the historical village of Blarney, it provides a child-centred education as laid down in the Primary School Curriculum of the Department of Education and Science. Mission Statement:
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