Blarney, a village of Munster, Ireland, 4 m. N. W. of Cork, noted for its castle, built by Cormick McCarty in 1449. This stands on the N. side of a precipitous ridge of limestone rock, rising from a deep valley, and part of its base is washed by a small river called the Aw-Mar-tin. Near it are the famous groves of Blarney. Of the original fortress there remains only a large, square, massive tower, with a parapet breast high; on the summit is the famous stone, which is said to confer on the person kissing it the peculiar property of saying anything, by way of coaxing, compliment, or praise, most agreeable to the hearer. From the virtue it thus communicates, the well known word blarney is derived. The actual Blarney stone is not the one commonly saluted as such, but is said to form part of the wall several feet below its representative, and can only be kissed by a person held over the parapet by the heels.
Blarney Castle, Cork.