Kissing the Blarney Stone, Ireland
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Kissing the Blarney Stone, Ireland

January 12, 2019

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For over 200 years, world statesmen, literary giants, and legends of the silver screen have joined the millions of pilgrims climbing the steps to kiss the Blarney Stone and gain the gift of eloquence. In this short video, speaker Charlie Adams takes you up the narrow corridors of the castle to the Blarney Stone.

While the Blarney Castle that visitors see today was constructed in 1446, the history of the place goes back two centuries before that time. The story begins with a magical stone, its origins shrouded in mystery. One legend says it was the rock that Moses struck with his staff to produce water for the Israelites during their exodus from Egypt. Another legend relates that it had once been Jacob’s Pillow and that the prophet Jeremiah had brought it to Ireland. According to this telling it became the Lia Fail, or ‘Fatal Stone’ and was used as an oracular throne of the Irish kings.

Some, however, believe it was the Stone of Ezel, which David hid behind on Jonathan’s advice, while fleeing from King Saul, and that it was brought to Ireland during the Crusades. Yet it may have once been the Coronation Stone of Scottish monarchs and later used by St. Columba as a traveling altar during his missionary activities throughout Scotland. After Columba’s death it had been brought to Ireland where it served as the Stone of Destiny, the prophetic power of royal succession.

Charlie is the author of 2013’s ‘How to Build a Positive Attitude and KEEP the Darn Thing!!’ He delivers keynotes and seminars on the power of the positive attitude to companies, colleges and schools, and churches. For more information:

Since 2006 Charlie has hosted group travel trips for Edgerton’s Travel, where he shares inspirational stories and humor along the way. He also produces a 60 minute DVD documentary for travelers. Here on youtube, he shares short clips from the documentaries to show you places that you may want to visit or return to one day. For more information on Charlie’s motivational presentations and his group trips you can go to

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