For the first time in history the kissing of the Blarney Stone has been cancelled as an attraction for visitors and tourists.
The move follows a series of measures ordered by the Irish government to attempt to control the outbreak of the coronavirus.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced that all schools, colleges, childcare centres and pubs will be closed until the end of the month.
Many other businesses and organisations have also decided to close their doors until the experts can offer some clear advice as to the best course of action long-term.
Blarney Castle and Gardens have taken the decision to ban the kissing of the world-famous Blarney Stone indefinitely.
The Blarney Stone is a hugely popular attraction amongst visitors to Ireland.
The legend has it that kissing the stone gives people the ‘gift of the gab’ meaning they can charm and convince people into anything.
However, that option is now closed to visitors, after the officials at Blarney Castle have taken the sensible step to close off the kissing of the stone to visitors.
The posted the following message on Twitter:
For the first time in our history the kissing of the Blarney Stone has been postponed until further notice.
The castle & gardens are still open and we would like to reassure all our visitors that we are doing everything possible to provide a safe experience.
— Blarney Castle & Gardens (@Blarney_Castle) March 13, 2020