Cormac McCarthy, King of Munster, gave 4,000 soldiers to Robert the Bruce during the Battle of Bannockburn. In return, it is said, Robert the Bruce gave Cormac half of the Stone of Scone, used to crown Scottish kings. This is now known as the Blarney Stone and it is high on the battlements of the castle, where people kiss it.
Seo í Banrion Eibhlis .Theasaigh uaithi go mbeadh Cormac dilis di sheol si fear an Earl of Leicester chuige. Duirt Cormac an-chuid leis an Iarla seachas an meid a bhí ón mBanríon. Duirt Eibhlis go raibh Cormac lán de 'Blarney'. Is as san a thagann an frása sin!
Queen Elizabeth wanted Cormac MCCarthy to hand over the castle to the Earl of Leicester. When the Earl arrived to talk to Cormac, Cormac was always distracting and delaying him with talk of banquets and other things. The Queen said in irritation that the Earl's reports were full of 'Blarney'.
Oliver Cromwell arrived in Ireland and attacked the castle. He had cannon guns firing shells on the castle. The Irish soldiers fled the castle through 'Badgers Cave'. It is said the caves take you to Kerry. Cork city and Blarney lake. They escaped with a golden plate and threw it into the lake so that Cromwell would not capture it.
Emma & Seán (Rang 4)