Touch fairy forts and die – TD
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