A member of Irish Parliament firmly believes bad luck caused by fairy curse is responsible for dips in a major road between County Kerry and County Cork.
Danny Healy-Rae, an independent TD (member of the lower house of the Irish Parliament), told the Irish Times that issues with the N22, the road that connects County Kerry and County Cork in Ireland, were caused by “numerous fairy forts in the area”.
“There are numerous fairy forts in that area,” he said. “I know that they are linked. Anyone that tampered with them back over the years paid a high price and had bad luck.”
Asked if he indeed believed in fairies, Healy-Rae explained that the local belief (the one which he wholeheartedly shared) was that “there was something in these places you shouldn’t touch,” along with “sacred places” and fairies that supposedly inhabit them.
“I have a machine standing in the yard right now. And if someone told me to go out and knock a fairy fort or touch it, I would starve first,” said the MP, who owns a plant hire company.
In Irish folklore, tampering with fairy forts can cause one to become cursed. A dip on the N22 road was repaired recently but re-appeared rather mysteriously.
This is nothing new for Healy-Rae. He first raised the issue of fairies back in February 2007, after the N22 developed a dip near Curraglass. However, the council’s road department had a much more somber answer, stating the damage was due to “a deeper underlying subsoil/geotechnical problem”.
That was obviously not enough for Healy-Rae who says that the road network passes through a wide area of standing stones, stone circles and ancient monuments, an area that is rich in folklore and fairy stories. For him, there is no doubt – a fairy fort is causing the problem.
“That is what is responsible for the dip in the N22 which has occurred again, despite the council spending around €40,000 to repair it,” he said, adding that it needed to be addressed before a driver came across it suddenly and lost control.
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