THE KILRANELAGH SPIRIT
two men reparing to their homes just in the twilight, were obliged to pass through this churchyard, or take a considerable circuit.
They had come up the hill, and were beginning to proceed through the cemetary, when they heard just on their left, and apparently proceding from a tomb, the most awful groans and frighful outcries , and a shower of red hot cinders fell on them.
yet after getting to some distanc, they plucked up courage and returned.
They were recieved in a more fearflul fashion this time, and once again feld in terror.
Unacountable as it may appear, they made a third attempt; but this time the noise was more appaling than ever,and a terrible being with a wild outcry, sprang up from behind the monunment and rushed to them.
Down the hill they flew like deer, and after wild flight, took refuge in the first cabin they reached.
This was their version.
We supply another from the mouth of the fiend, then a young stripling and now a plodding citzen of Dublin, and proprier of a farm near this extensive and ancient cemetary.
He was seated on the stone enclosure, when he was in the glooom the two men approacing up hill.
He at once concieved the design of frightening them, and for this purpose enscounded himself behind a tomb with a provision of small stones.
The ghoastly machinery consisted in the groans and howlings he contrived to make, and the shower of pebbles* he discharged on the adventures.
At the third attempt he himself was started by a rustling among the dry weeds and stones behind and his headlong charge was the result of his panic.
Of course he managed not to come up with the fugitiVes.
* THIS AUTHOR WAS CURIOS AS TO THE REASON FOR PEBBLES IN THE CAREFULLY BOXED GRAVE SITES OF IRELAND.
THE CHRISTAIN GRAVE SITES OF THE CATHOLIC ARE MOSTLY COVERED WITH WHITE PEEBLES AND THOSE OF PRODESTANTS WITH A MIX OF COLORED PEBBLES BUT ALL ARE NEATLY BOXED IN.
ONLY THE GRAVES OF THE MILATARISTIC 1700S SHOW HARDLY ANY PEBBLING PARTICULARLY FOR SOLIDIERS BARRACH CEMETARIES.
THESE ARE CHRISTIAN.
NONE OF THE ANCIENT ROUND CIRCLES, DOLMANS, CARNS OR PILLAR STONES SHOW ANY PEBBLING.
THE STORY OF WHY THIS IS DONE IS NOT KNOWN.
PROBABLY TO PERMIT PROTECTION FROM WOLVES AND DOGS AS ARE THE LARGE STONES PLACED OVER THE ANCIENT GRAVE AND DOLMANS
Patrick Kennedy collection
copyright 16 April 2011
sourse: Legendary Fictions of the Irish Celts,Patrick Kennedy,
mac Millan and Co, London, 1866