The Blood Stone
A popular folkloric tale told to many Castlebridge children is one about a priest evading capture during the Penal times in Ireland. He is said to have been escaping on horseback through the Eden Vale woods and on approaching the little stream was thrown from his horse. Tumbling down into the pool beneath, he struck his head against a rock and was killed forthright. His blood stained the rock and you can still see it there today.
There are no details of the particular incident (if any) the priest was escaping from, but locals in the mid to late-1800’s had certainly been told a similar story. A rambling Ballad Maker from that time wrote a poem about Eden Vale in which he refers to ‘dark penal days’ and ‘priests … shot there in sixteen forty nine’. It is difficult to decide whether this story lost or gained embellishments over the years!?