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A Piece of Ireland in Texas

Posted August 23, 2016 12:00 AM by joeymac

Everyone knows that kissing the Blarney Stone over in Ireland is supposed to give a person the gift of gab and eloquence of speech. I was fortunate enough to do this back in May earlier this year. Now here's something that most people don't know. A small chunk of the Blarney Stone resides at Texas Tech University.

The small chunk is cemented on the top of a small pedestal on the campus. The origins of this piece are mysterious. The stone was uncovered by a group of engineers near the campus in 1939. It was tested and was found to be identical with the original Blarney Stone in Ireland.

No one knows how it got there and there are rumors and legends about it just like the one in Ireland. On a side note that I thought was interesting, the Texas Tech Engineering Society has decreed that no Texas Tech underclass engineers can kiss the stone, so seniors only.

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Re: A Piece of Ireland in Texas

08/23/2016 2:24 PM

Maybe they should also forbid gooberment officials from kissing it too?

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08/23/2016 2:29 PM

Good point.

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08/23/2016 4:22 PM

So is there some anti-Blarney stone somewhere that can be used to make the overly talkative less so?

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08/24/2016 5:50 PM

Some overly talkative folks have been invited to kiss a portion of my anatomy!

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08/23/2016 5:56 PM

I wonder if James Stewart has kissed it, or even cares?

He lives in Lubbock.

I do know that Texans tend to exaggerate everything about..........................................................everything.

Maybe it's this stone and not the water.

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08/24/2016 9:24 PM

A friend of mine lived near Blarney castle before emigrating. He tells that when he was younger he and his mates would go to the castle and piss on the Blarney stone knowing that the next day there would be queues of visitors bending over backwards to kiss the spot. Just as well it rains a lot!!!

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08/25/2016 8:43 AM

Well being Irish myself, why doesn't that surprise me.

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07/27/2017 5:17 AM

It could be a new experience for Salesmen / Saleswomen to list in their CV;

"I kissed the Blarney Stone"

I wonder if that's where the saying " Gift of the gab" came from?

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