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Shamrock in Wheeler County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Welcome to Blarney Stone Plaza

 
 
Welcome to Blarney Stone Plaza Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 6, 2017
1. Welcome to Blarney Stone Plaza Marker
Inscription.
Irish folklore says “you will never be at a loss for words” after kissing the Blarney Stone (also known as The Stone of Eloquence). Here in Shamrock, Texas, some of our locals swear their luck changed for the better after kissing this section of the Blarney Castle Stone here at Shamrock’s Blarney Stone Plaza.

How did a section of Ireland’s Blarney Stone end up in Shamrock, Texas?
In the late ‘50s, Shamrock local leaders were successful in persuading Ireland into shipping a section of the famous stone to our Irish city. Promises were made (and who knows what else) to promote Ireland and the legend of their famous mystical stone in this part of the world. News leaked that there were certain factions in Ireland that were against any part of the stone leaving its homeland. For that reason, our prized piece of the Blarney Stone arrived in Shamrock in 1959 escorted by guards and an armored truck.

The origin of the stone at Ireland’s Blarney Castle is still a mystery today.
Some say it was Jacob’s pillow brought to Ireland by the prophet Jeremiah. Others say it was brought to Ireland after the crusades. Biblical historians also theorize it could be the stone that gushed water after being struck by Moses, giving it mystical powers.

May the luck of the Irish
Shamrock's Section of the Blarney Stone image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 6, 2017
2. Shamrock's Section of the Blarney Stone
be always with you
& thanks for visiting Shamrock’s Blarney Stone Plaza.

 
Location. 35° 12.936′ N, 100° 14.934′ W. Marker is in Shamrock, Texas, in Wheeler County. Marker is at the intersection of N Main Street (U.S. 83) and E 2nd Street, on the left when traveling south on N Main Street. Touch for map. Blarney Stone Plaza is at the northeast corner of the intersection. Marker is in this post office area: Shamrock TX 79079, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Legend of St. Patrick and the Shamrock (here, next to this marker); Shamrock’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebration (a few steps from this marker); Shamrock Water Tower (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Baptist Church of Shamrock (approx. 0.2 miles away); Shamrock Methodist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Tower Building (approx. 0.8 miles away); Lela School (approx. 5.6 miles away); Nicholson School (approx. 9.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shamrock.
 
More about this marker. A picture of Blarney Castle appears on the left side of the marker.
 
Categories. Notable Places
 
Blarney Stone image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 6, 2017
3. Blarney Stone
Imported & erected 1959

Dedicated March 17, 1959
by
Zollie Steakley
Secretary of the State of Texas
Tourists Kissing Shamrock's Blarney Stone in the Plaza image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 6, 2017
4. Tourists Kissing Shamrock's Blarney Stone in the Plaza
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 18, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 18, 2017, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 58 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 18, 2017, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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