Touch fairy forts and die – TD

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - OUT AND ABOUT - By Anne Sheri­dan

Danny Healy-Rae TD said he stands by his be­lief that fairy forts are ‘sa­cred places’ and has warned the pub­lic not to touch them un­less they want to suf­fer ‘mis­for­tune or death’.

His views were aired 10 years ago, and again last year, when he claimed a dip in a Kerry road, which had been re­paired be­fore mys­te­ri­ously reap­pear­ing, was due to the pres­ence of fairy forts.

The Kerry TD told the Ir­ish Mail on Sun­day that he con­tin­ues to re­ceive sup­port on the sub­ject, and be­lieves there are hun­dreds of fairy forts in Kerry alone.

He de­clared that those who have touched them are ‘no longer on this earth’ and he is aware of one man who died of ‘un­nat­u­ral causes’ a year af­ter in­ter­fer­ing with a fairy fort. He said: ‘We were brought up to know that these things have been here since be­fore we were here and they should be left like that long af­ter we are gone.

‘Many peo­ple recog­nise that they are not to be touched. Many peo­ple could tell you that they did touch them and they are no longer on this earth.’

Mr Healy-Rae, a plant hire con­trac­tor, claimed he him­self was lucky to es­cape mis­for­tune when he ‘ac­ci­den­tally dug across one of them once not know­ing it’.

He first raised the is­sue of fairies at a Kerry County Coun­cil meet­ing in 2007 af­ter the n22 in Kerry de­vel­oped a dip near Cur­ra­glass, be­fore he brought it up again in me­dia re­ports last year. The coun­cil’s road depart­ment said the dip was due to ‘a deeper un­der­ly­ing sub­soil/geotech­ni­cal prob­lem’.

sa­cred places: Kerry TD Danny Healy-Rae

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