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Nua Blather: Prophecies Fulfilled

From: Dave Walsh <dave@nua.ie>
Date: Fri, 19 Jun 1998 16:34:45 +0100
Fwd Date: Fri, 19 Jun 1998 19:15:40 -0400
Subject: Nua Blather: Prophecies Fulfilled

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By Daev Walsh   Email: blather@nua.ie
Web: http://www.nua.ie/blather/
June 19 1998  Published By:  Nua Limited  Vol 2. No. 6

It was but a fortnight ago, on June 5th, that Blather casually
predicted that an Irish UFO summer flap had begun, following rumours
of UFO sightings in Co. Tipperary. That lackadaisical forecast proved
to be surprisingly accurate, with reports of *more* allegations of
HibernUFOs popping up on page 1 of the Roscommon Herald on Wednesday
June 10th, 1998.

The small sidebar mentions the newly formed *Western UFO Society*
[first I heard of 'em too], who have already been deluged with
reports of "flying saucers" in the sky above the Ballymote Road out
of Boyle, Co. Roscommon, [Yes, *there* again - search Blather for a
mention of Boyle (http://www.nua.ie/blather/at-blatherquery.html)]
which could be seen for many miles around on the night of the 6th and
morning of June 7th. The Herald claims to have come across several
reports of 'three bright blue lights moving back and forwards slowly
in the heavens'. No witnesses were named. More as we hear about it.
(http://www.irish-times.com/irish-times/paper/1998/0615/opt4.html )

Thanks to the kind opitulation of Julie at the *Tipperary Star*,
Blather has procured a copy of an article with a headline of *U.F.O.
-- couple claim sighting at Killenaule* from the Saturday 16th of May
1998 issue, penned by one John Guiton.

The piece tells of how an unnamed but 'highly respected' husband and
wife claim to have witnessed 'an enormous object, resembling "a
battleship" moving slowly over a vast area of bogland at Killeens,
near Killenaule', not far away from Derrynaflan where a famous
Christian treasure hoard was unearthed in 1980.

It was 10:15 on a Saturday night -- February 28th last, the weather
dry and clear. The couple were in the Cooldine area while travelling
from Killenaule to Littleton. The wife was in the passenger seat, and
she asked her husband to stop the car to look at an airborne object
said to be 250ft wide (76.2m) and 100ft (30.48m) high. It hovered at
around 400ft (121.9m) before silently drifting off towards
Derrynaflan, a distance of about a mile, where it suddenly

According to the article, before noticing the UFO, she had sighted an
aircraft -- however, there is no explanation as to the significance
of this -- could the UFO have been a plane? Could the the plane have
been misidentified, or rather become unidentified?

The husband said that 'the object seemed to hover for a few seconds,
as if its occupants had seen their car'. This, as many Blather
readers will realise, is a common experience associated with BOL
(ball of light) phenomena, an impression of interaction which appears
even in cases of so-called 'ball-lightning' when seen *in* peoples
homes. There are stories of witnesses, such as geologists Wright and
Kenney playing desert *cat-and-mouse* with phenomena such as the
Marfa Lights (http://www.marfalights.com/) on March 19th 1973:

"They both had the distinct impression that it knew exactly where
they were and that it was just daring them to chase it".

(Kenney, Pat and Wright, Elwood, *The Enigma of Marfa - An
Unexplained Phenomenon*, unpublished account, written in third person
and quoted at length in Paul Devereux's 'Earth Lights Revelation'
Blandford 1989 ISBN 0-7137-2209-6. The book contains many other
accounts of apparent intelligence displayed by anomalous lights)

The *Tipperary Star* quoted the man's description of the UFO; "The
object had lights, three on one side and two on the other, but they
were not flashing lights. There was no beam from them at all. It had
panels, as distinct from windows, with vertical lines in the panels.
Although there no intensity of light from the object it was clear to
see in the distance. I kept my eyes firmly fixed on it all the way,
but while I blinked it suddenly disappeared."

The couple informed the *Tipperary Star* that while they were *aware*
of UFOs, they hadn't paid too much attention to the matter. After
their experience however, they were "convinced that it must have been
a U.F.O.". One wonders what they would have identified it as rather
than identifying it as an Unidentified Flying object.

They kept quiet about the matter for some time, in fear of ridicule,
but decided to come forward in May, after reading of various alleged
sightings in the UK. The are said to be anxious to get to the bottom
of this matter. . .

. . .and so am I. If any readers in the midlands have comments to
pass on this matter, feel free to contact Blather -- allegations of
alcohol abuse will be instantly disregarded. . .

Or so read the headline in *UPDATE* (email news service from RTE
Online http://www.rte.ie) on June 11th.

Unfortunately for the pro alien-abductionists who walk among us,
this near-miss abduction was not quite so fantastic as to include
greys, saucers and anal probes, but instead involved a sinister Bogus
Social Worker (BSW).

A woman described as being her late 20s, 5'7" (1.7m) in height,
blonde, wearing a brown skirt suit, a white polo neck and carrying a
briefcase called to a house near Blessington, Co. Wicklow, Ireland,
claiming that she was a Public Health Nurse who had to take a baby
boy away for vaccinations. She knew the boy's name and date of birth,
but when the mother requested identification, the BSW upped sticks
and left. The Eastern Health Board has issued warnings following he
incident, advising people to be vigilant.

This kind of carry-on is not unknown -- and perhaps not linked to
child abuse. The BSWs are generally well-spoken, well
dressed and well informed, especially of many personal details
about their potential victims. Females BSWs seem to be the most
common, but couples and the odd male are not unknown. According to
Bob Rickard in Fortean Times 77:36, British police feel that the
cases are mixture of legitimate callers, e.g. Mormons or even *real*
council workers, self appointed child abuse vigilantes, private
detectives or relatives involved in child-custody cases or marital
disputes, burglars reconnoitring prospective victims, while a select
few are thought to be connected to alleged *networks* of paedophiles,
who somehow get 'off' on the thrill of the chase. As Rickard says,
'this is pure conjecture'.

As Rickard points out in FT66:48, 'like the enigmatic Men-in-Black
(MIB) of UFO fame, the BSWs are sometimes quite ignorant about those
they have come to see; yet, at other times, they seem to know
intimate details.'

As women are *generally* speaking (with, of course, exceptions) not
involved in paedophilia, the BSWs apparently hidden agenda lends
itself to a creation of hysteria, not unlike the speculation
prevalent in MIB lore. One agenda doesn't seem to have been pondered
upon however -- could some of these cases be matters of
attempted kidnapping by distraught women, who have perhaps lost a
child or cannot have one? This cause has been linked to
infant-snatches from incubators in maternity hospitals. . .

Fortean Times has kept an eye on waves of BSW appearances, with
articles in the following issues:

FT57:43-5 	The Case of the Phantom Social Workers - Mike Dash
FT61:36 	Social Panics - Bob Rickard
FT66:48-9 	The Spectral Inspectorate - Bob Rickard
FT77:36-8 	Fear on the Doorstep - Bob Rickard
FT87:18 	It's All Right Missus, We're From the Social - Joe
FT98:14-15	Return of the Bogus Social Workers

The last one, FT98, includes several Irish cases from 1996, one in
Limerick where a four year old was examined by a BSW in late
November, December 11th, when a man and woman tried to snatch a 17
month old girl from her mother in Berrings, Co. Cork, while two days
later --just a few miles away, two unspecified BSWs were sent packing
by a baby minder in Blarney when they didn't produce identification.
(Irish Times Dec 17th 1996

(Thanks to Mike Dash, Paul Sieveking, Bill Jacobs and Andy Cobley for
helping me track down the FT articles)

While conjuring up last week's treatise on the Mothman, this
harum-scarum Blatherbunion managed to magically omit mentioning the
forthcoming Mothman movie. Fortunately, occasional Blatherer Loren
Coleman (http://www.agate.net/~cryptozoo/cryptohome.html) was quick
to inform Blather's ranting rantipole of his glaring omission.

According to *Done Deal*, Lakeshore Entertainment are making the
movie of *The Mothman Prophecies* which 'centers on the life of a
reporter who, when his wife dies, decides to leave his paper and set
out on a new adventure--that of investigating a small Southern town
where strange events have been occurring and this ex-reporter comes
the conclusion that there has been an alien visitation'.

Dave Walsh
June 19th 1998

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