The Blarney Stone Speech Therapy Technique

Trip Start Oct 12, 2010
Trip End Mar 24, 2011

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best western international hotel, killarney, county cork, ireland

Flag of Ireland  , County Cork,
Wednesday, October 20, 2010

(As I've kissed the Blarney Stone today, I must warn you that anything that follows may or may not be entirely truthful)! 

It dawned a glorious blue-sky type of day in Waterford this morning.  We started our day in the pretty seaport town of Cobh (pronounced 'Cove'), which was the last port of call of the Titanic before crossing (or almost crossing I guess) the Atlantic.  The town has so many pretty pastel colored buildings as well as memorial plaques commemorating the Titanic's voyage and you can see the doors that passengers went through to board the ship.  The woman depicted on the memorial plaque drowned and is actually buried in the Mount Olivet cemetery in Halifax. 

Our own journey was more successful and we reached our next destination, Blarney, encountering no rough waters at all!  Although most of our tour members took advantage of the Blarney Woolen Mills shopping mecca, I zipped over to the Blarney Castle and walked up the 100 winding and slippery (aka 'slippy' here in Ireland and on PEI) steps to the top of the ramparts of the castle to partake of the much ballyhooed kissing of the stone of eloquence (the Blarney Stone).  Walking up those steps was without question the most difficult part of the whole experience - leaning over backwards and hanging upside down to kiss the stone was a breeze!  

So get this - apparently, according to legend, a young man who had a significant stutter saw an older woman fall into a lake and rescued her.  In return, she offered to grant him any wish and his wish was to be able to speak eloquently.  She agreed to grant him this wish and advised that he had to climb to the top of Blarney Castle, lean over backwards and kiss a particular stone in order to cure his stutter.  He did so, his stutter magically disappeared and his speech became quite eloquent (hence the 'Stone of Eloquence').  Now, my Speech Pathology friends and colleagues - if  we had only known or been taught about this miraculous cure, we could send our clients off to Blarney and saved ourselves a lot of time and effort!  Who knew!!!

After Blarney was Killarney (that has great metre and rhyme).  A lovely and lively town full of pubs, music, dancing and drink!  This has been the nicest hotel we have stayed at - we were all upgraded to superior rooms and we all have flat screen LG TV's, jacuzzi tubs and free bottled water that has come straight from the beautiful mountain streams. 

Now, can you spot the Blarney in this daily summary?
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