Blar­ney look­ing for ‘Keeper of the Stone’

Irish Examiner - - News - Dan Buck­ley

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.

Ap­pli­cants are asked to email their CVs to so­cial­me­dia@blar­n­ey­cas­tle.ie

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