118Jordan, Carmel. "The Stone Symbol in ‘Easter 1916’ and the Cuchulain Plays." College Literature, vol. 13, No. 1 (1986), pp. 36-43.

The author states, "All the kings of Ireland, both pagan and Christian, were crowned upon this inauguration stone and their destiny was tied in with the magical powers of the stone. Keating notes that in addition to the stone being ‘enchanted,’ it also had ‘fatal’ qualities and was described by Hector Boethius as ‘saxum fatale.’ In other words, it possessed the "’terrible beauty’ of Ireland herself and her long troubled history. Significantly, the first elegy written in Ireland refers to a beautiful but ‘fatal’ Milesian goddess named ‘Fail.’  Thus from its earliest origins Ireland has been linked with both a ‘fatal’ stone and a ‘fatal’ woman whose name is intimately linked with that stone."

Some of the author's source material quotes Keating (1634).