Blarney looking for ‘Keeper of the Stone’
A head for heights and the gift of the gab might be required to apply for the most unusual job in Ireland.
Blarney Castle & Gardens is looking for a ‘Keeper of the Blarney Stone’ — a man or a woman who obviously has the gift of the gab themselves, but also a powerful forearm in order to hold people as they kiss the Blarney Stone.
They will be based at the main attraction at Blarney Castle and have a very important job ensuring that all visitors have an enjoyable experience.
“Must be very charismatic and have a friendly manner,” says the Blarney Castle advertisement, and the successful applicant must also be “energetic and enthusiastic as the job is physically demanding”.
It may be more baloney than blarney, but kissing the Blarney Stone has become a huge tourism draw. It first became popular in the 1800s and anyone who puckers up and lands a smooch on this famous piece of rock is said to be bestowed with the gift of eloquence.
For more than 200 years, world statesmen, literary giants, and Hollywood legends have joined the millions of pilgrims climbing the steps to kiss the Blarney Stone and gain the gift of eloquence. Its powers are unquestioned but its story still creates debate.
Visitors used to be held by the ankles and lowered head first over the battlements but nowadays there is greater consideration for health and safety. However, kissing the stone still involves leaning out over the void, holding on to an iron railing, and praying that the Keeper of The Stone will keep you safe.
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