US tourist finally kisses Blarney Stone after suffering heart attack on previous visit
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US tourist finally kisses Blarney Stone after suffering heart attack on previous visit

AN AMERICAN tourist has finally realised his dream of kissing the Blarney Stone, five months after suffering a heart attack on his previous visit.

David Motte, 59, from North Carolina went into cardiac arrest when he visited the attraction in April with his wife Joy.

Due to the layout of the Co. Cork castle, with its circular stone stairwells, Mr Motte was airlifted from the top of the structure to Cork University Hospital.

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Speaking today, the tourist told Cork’s 96FM he returned to Ireland to thank the people who saved his life.

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“We came back because of the tremendous people in Ireland who basically saved my life and took care of Joy while this accident happened,” he said.

“We just felt a need to come back and let the people know of our love and appreciation for that.”

Mr Motte, who has no memory of his previous visit, finally got to kiss the iconic stone today.

For over two centuries, visitors to Blarney Castle have kissed the famous stone, a gesture reputed to bestow upon them the gift of eloquence.