I first visited Co Cork about 20 years ago on a motorcycling trip with a friend. Late one night we decided to visit a stone circle in the county for the experience. We sat on the circle's edge in the misty night and watched as two young lovers came into the circle and ran between the standing stones holding hands and laughing, " they won't see us " I said to my friend and to our amazement they came within 6 feet of us without noticing us at all. We looked at each other as the lovers skipped away in to the night - the strangeness had begun.
It started to rain very lightly so we both moved into the circle and sat with our backs against the standing stones. My attention was drawn to stone opposite me and as I looked it appeared to turn jet black, I tried to focus on the stone and as I did so the stone just to it's left turned even blacker. I turned my head to try to focus but each time i did the next stone in the circle turned black. In my peripheral vision it looked as though the blackness was moving from stone to stone at an increasing speed, lines of " black light "
were visible coming from the moving darkness within each stone projecting a shining black line into the center of the circle.
As the speed of the moving shape increased we were both thrust back against the standing stones with a centrifugal force similar to a fair ground ride, the circle was spinning. The spin increased in velocity and then began to feel like one side was rising and the other falling with increasing height and speed - it is hard to this justice with a written description. We were seeing black lights whilst pinned to the stones and being thrust up into the air and down again - it got faster and faster.
" whats going on Nathan? " I shouted, " I don't know !" he said. We got up and ran out of the circle.
I returned the next morning and left an offering to the spirits. I could not remember the name of that place when I returned to England, which really annoyed me. I returned to Ireland and found my way back to that same place nearly 10 years later - I did not experience anything unusual the second time although I suspect that I may have another experience there in the future .