Hi, I see you're a mod on here, I don't know if that gives you any powers of editing the course but I thought I'd just direct your attention to the ''Tips'' section on the desktop version of this skill ''Ireland 1''. It doesn't really provide much enlightenment and is rather poorly written, it was probably inserted as a placeholder and forgotten about.
Sure, why not? :P It was added to the "Ireland 1" skill so we could teach things like "Blarney Castle" or "the Blarney Stone". These are things that many non-Irish people using this course would be familiar with (plus, Blarney castle is our course's monument, so it seemed fitting to add this word to allow us to teach related phrases)
It represents the decline of the Irish language, as castles like this would have been a significant foothold for the English language in Irish speaking areas. It's a rather ironic choice of mascot for the Irish course, as well as providing a non-descript logo that has no particular association with Ireland, but what's done is done.
Everything that was built in that era was "built by native Irish families, or by Norman families that learned to speak Irish". But Blarney Castle's association with language (as the source of "the gift of the gab") is an association with the English language, not with Irish. The Jeffereys family that took ownership of the castle in 1701 were not Irish speakers, and that marked the beginning of the end for Irish in the area around the castle.
Even with these odd ones mixed in, I never remember what they are :( (took 3 tries on this one) I love that they are trying to mix in at least one sentence from previous lessons but I do wish there was a way to push the review button and actually get a review from any of the sentences you have already learned instead of just a review of one section of lessons.
I remember being told this as well.
The tale we hear in the US is about a Lord Holding the castle when the british were going around asking for loyalty and punishing unloyal lords. He apperently talked and talked and talked, stalling the person they sent for so long that army had moved on or something and saving his lordship. Thats why kissing the caslte is said to give you his gift.