Blarney Castle Stone

Stone From Blarney Castle, Sydney, Australia

Public Art : Blarney Castle Stone

Sculptor/Artist : Unknown

Date : 1987

Description : Firstly, one must not get this rock confused with the Blarney Stone, this is a chunk from the castle and not the infamous stone. The chunk of the battlement is firmly cemented on the lip of the wishing well, next to a bronze plaque. I have no idea why the people of Cork would be so generous as to gift this rock to the people of Sydney, but I am sure there was a good reason behind it ? Maybe it came with the Queen Victoria statue? It still amazes me that no one has attempted to chisel off the rock as a souvenir (but then again it isn't the Blarney Stone).

Location : The Blarney Castle Stone is located next to Queen Victoria statue outside the Queen Victoria Building, Sydney, Australia.

Blarney Castle Stone Inscription :

Blarney Castle Stone

A stone from the Battlements of Blarney Castle.
A gift to the people of Sydney, from
Alderman D. Wallace, T.D. Lord Mayor,
and the people of Cork, through the
courtesy of Sir Richard Colthurst, B.T.

Background of Blarney Castle : Blarney Castle near County Cork, Ireland, is a famous medieval fortification built in 1446 by Cormac Laidir MacCarthy, Lord of Muscry . The castle is famous for the Stone of Eloquence better known as the Blarney Stone. Agile tourists hang upside down over a 15ft wall to kiss the stone which is said to give them the gift of eloquence. 

If you are to believe the legend, the Blarney Stone is actually half the Stone of Scone, the Coronation Stone used in the coronations of the monarchs of Scotland and then later the monarchs of England, Great Britain and the United Kingdom. When Cormac McCarthy (King of Munster) supplied 4,000 men for Robert the Bruce at the battle of Bannockburn in 1314 he repaid the king by presenting him with half the stone of Scone.

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