Blarney Stone Plaza

Shamrock, Texas

TexasRoadside Attraction

Blarney Castle, just outside of Cork, Ireland, is home to the famous Blarney Stone. Legend says that if you kiss it, you’ll be blessed with the gift of gab. But you don’t have to go all the way to Ireland to see this famous attraction, you can just travel on Route 66 to find a piece of it at Blarney Stone Plaza in Shamrock, Texas.

How did a piece of Blarney Castle end up in the panhandle of Texas? The fragment was brought to Shamrock in 1959 after it was “accidentally” knocked off of the original. Local leaders persuaded Ireland officials to ship a piece to them in exchange for promotion. Its arrival was met with resistance from some Ireland locals and protection from the Texas Highway Patrol and the Texas National Guard.

The Texas Blarney Stone is encased in a concrete pillar that has been painted Irish green and decorated with a painting of the Cork castle. The roadside attraction was found for many years in Elmore Park but moved to Main St. in 2016 where you can find it in Blarney Stone Plaza, along with a plaque describing the town’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, and a fun Welcome to Shamrock sign (complete with a leprechaun).

Text of the on-site sign:

Welcome to Blarney Stone Plaza

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 be always with you & thanks for visiting Shamrock’s Blarney Stone Plaza.

Last modified: April 21, 2024
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Blarney Stone Plaza in Shamrock, Texas Route 66 Attraction

Blarney Stone Plaza

210 N Main St, Shamrock, TX 79079

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Blarney Stone Plaza in Shamrock, Texas Route 66 Attraction
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Blarney Stone Plaza in Shamrock, Texas Route 66 Attraction

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To make the most of your visit to Blarney Stone Plaza in Shamrock, Texas, here are some things to know before you go.

  • While you’re in Shamrock, head down the street to find a more photo-friendly but less authentic fake Blarney Stone.

Where to Stay Near Blarney Stone Plaza

Complete your travel itinerary and get a good night’s rest with a stay at one of these Route 66 hotels in Shamrock, Texas.

Shamrock Country Inn

The Shamrock Country Inn is a classic roadside motel in a classic Route 66 town. The hotel opened in September 1959 as the Shamrock Ranger Motel. Rooms surround a U-shaped courtyard with plenty of free parking and offer few frills but comfy beds, Wi-Fi, TVs, private bathrooms, coffee machines, and a 24-hour front desk. Before hitting the road stop by the breakfast room for a complimentary breakfast and be sure to get a Texas-shaped waffle.

Western Motel

The Western Motel is located on Route 66, directly across from the Conoco Tower Station and U-Drop Inn Café, one of the most popular roadside attractions in Shamrock, Texas. With a convenient location, spacious rooms, and a 24-hour front desk, you can’t go wrong with this classic motel. They even have pet-friendly rooms for your furry travel companions.

Blarney Inn

Formerly the 1950s Rambler Motel, the Blarney Inn promises a “a wee bit of Ireland here in Shamrock.” The Shamrock motel provides air-conditioned rooms, a 24-hour front desk, free WiFi, and family rooms.

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