Kissing of Blarney Stone suspended for 'foreseeable future' due to coronavirus

Kissing of Blarney Stone suspended for 'foreseeable future' due to coronavirus
Examiner News picture 17-06-2009 /Kissing the Blarney stone at Blarney Castle , Co . Cork . Picture Dan Linehan

For the first time in its history, the kissing of the Blarney Stone has been suspended for the foreseeable future due to the coronavirus pandemic.

A statement issued by Blarney Castle management on Friday said the grounds of the castle will remain open to the public.

"After discussions this morning the decision was made to suspend the world-famous practice of getting the Gift of Eloquence to support the introduction of new measures to minimise the spread of COVID-19 in Ireland.

"Blarney Castle and its world-famous gardens will remain open and all necessary steps will be taking to give all our visitors the safest experience possible."

Charles Colthurst, owner said: "This is a necessary step in the current climate and for the first time in its history no one will be kissing the Blarney Stone. We will keep the castle & gardens open for anyone who may want to get some fresh air and experience all the beautiful walks we have available throughout the estate."

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