Kissing the Blarney Stone is harder than you might think. The Blarney Stone, a block of bluestone built into the battlements of Blarney Castle in Blarney (outside of Cork, Ireland) in 1446, is said to give the gift of gab (eloquent speech) to those who kiss it. The problem? Actually doing so. You have to lean backward (holding onto an iron railing) from the parapet walk while an assistant helps. (And there wasn’t always an iron railing. Visitors once were held just by their limbs.