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Irish UFOs In Light After 37 Years

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Thu, 20 Sep 2007 08:50:14 -0400
Archived: Thu, 20 Sep 2007 08:50:14 -0400
Subject: Irish UFOs In Light After 37 Years

Source: The Irish Times - Dublin, Eire


Thursday, September 20, 2007

Irish UFOs Blast Into The Light After 37 Years In Twilight Zone

Alison Healy

If the Americans can have The X Files, then so can we. A dossier
on unidentified flying objects (UFOs), kept by the Irish Defence
Forces for 37 years, has finally emerged.

But anyone hoping to confirm the existence of little green men
will be disappointed. The best the file comes up with are flying
saucers, objects shaped like fried eggs and flashing coloured
lights - some of the sightings logged in documents dating back
to 1947.

The file - released to the Irish Times under the Freedom of
Information Act - includes press cuttings about reported
sightings of UFOs, along with classified memos and other

In recent months, the British and French authorities opened
their files on UFO sightings to the public. A spokesman for the
Department of Defence said that, since 1984 the UFO file was no
longer maintained by the Defence Forces.

The file up to then includes a report of a UFO sighting in
Boherlahan, near Cashel, Co Tipperary, in 1984. It was "the same
shape as a fried egg" and had "some kind of an aerial on top and
it was brown in colour", local teenager Conor Dwyer told The
Irish Times at the time. A 10-year-old boy reported it made a
buzzing noise like a chainsaw and said the bright lights dazzled

The file also contains a classified memo on an alleged sighting
of a flying projectile over a bog in Donegal in May the same
year. An off-duty garda and a farmer were cutting turf near
Falcarragh when they heard "a gushing sound". The garda looked
up and saw a grey object travelling at speed over his head. It
was shaped like a household iron with fins at the back.

The memo noted the garda was "extremely reluctant" to be
interviewed but agreed after receiving assurances his identity
would not be revealed. However, the garda's cover was blown a
month later in Phoenix. The magazine speculated it had been a
sea-launched guided missile.

An early entry in the file concerns a statement by a Cahirciveen
shopkeeper and farmer in June 1947. He told garda=ED he saw a
circular object moving "faster than a motor car" through the
sky. "It was flat and was like a big wheel or large plate . . .
the rim was white and it was hollow in the centre".

Two months later, the Cork Examiner reported two priests
separately saw a strange rocket-like object in the sky the same
evening. A Garda superintendent wrote he was satisfied it was a
shooting star: "The pressmen in Killarney like to keep abreast
of the times and now that the age of 'flying saucer' has
arrived, they like to keep in the news, particularly where any
money can be made out of it."

c. 2007 The Irish Times

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