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Monday, March 16, 2015

Blarney Stone of Texas

Some would think you have to travel all the way to Ireland to kiss the Blarney Stone.  They are dead wrong!  There is never any reason to leave America!

Shamrock, TX wasn't necessarily named after Ireland.  It was simply given the name "Shamrock" with the hope that its residents would have good luck.

However, in 1959 Shamrock's name would help it to secure an actual piece of Ireland's famous Blarney Stone.   The piece was transported into town under the armed protection of the Texas National Guard and entombed in a pillar in a small park, where it quietly sits to this day.

The town must have thought the concrete block in the park wasn't showy enough because they created another more stylized Blarney stone for tourists to kiss.  The thing was, this new Blarney stone did not contain any parts of the original Blarney stone.

While traveling through Texas I had the honor of kissing both stones.  Check it out below.

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