"It is this unusual confluence of enchanted glen, fairy ring, sacred stones and magical tree which gives the team organising the watch a high degree of confidence of a sighting."
"We shall call this young man Barra Coogan (
)to protect his privacy... ...he destroyed a number of stonewalls, some thousands of years old, but more seriously, cut down a fairy tree. Almost at once a series of personal and family disasters followed. These culminated in the death of an entire herd of cattle. Locals are convinced that fairies were responsible."
What did Carl Sagan say about extraordinary claims?
The 'little people' obviously have a problem with cattle. Take this for example, from the story of 'Biddy Early - Ireland's most famous witch':
"Another great power which Biddy is accredited with is her ability to talk to and cure the wrath of the Fairies. People used to come to her who had been bewitched by the “little people”. One man had his entire herd of cattle cursed by the fairies and they all became violently ill. On the advice of one of his friends he went to see Biddy. After looking into her bottle, she saw the problem. He had planted a whitethorn bush along a fairy path in his field. She instructed him to go home and remove the bush. As soon as he had done this, his entire herd immediately returned to full health."
I got that from this site:http://www.sacredsitetour.com/sacred-si ... stead.html
Elsewhere on that site, in the section on the Loughrew cairns comes this ridiculous note:
" Irish law states that if you are more than half-way to a sacred site, the owner of the land has to let you pass and cannot stop you."
So don't bother paying in to see Newgrange any more, just sprint to the halfway mark and the full might of the law will be on your side!