Sean Quinn was once Ireland’s richest man, with a fortune of €4.7bn.
He then took a huge gamble on Anglo Irish Bank shares which eventually toppled him into bankruptcy.
However for many in his hometown on the Cavan/Fermanagh border, Quinn’s downfall has more to do with the wrath of the fairies than risky business moves.
According to these locals, it was the decision to move a megalithic burial tomb 20 years ago which led to the fall of his cement, hotels, and insurance empire.
The Aughrim Wedge Tomb stood for 4,000 years in the townland after which it is named, two miles outside Ballyconnell, Co Cavan.
But when it got in the way of the expansion of a massive quarry for Quinn Concrete in 1992, permission was granted by the Office of Public Works to move it.
Following a full excavation of the site, it was moved — stone by stone — and relocated in the grounds of Mr Quinn’s Slieve Russell Hotel on the other side of the village.
Mr Quinn has since lost the cement works, the hotel, a raft of other businesses and his multi-billion euro fortune. According to bankruptcy documents, he now claims to have just €11,000 in the bank.
Some locals have linked the movement of the tomb to Mr Quinn’s financial woes.
“I’m a big supporter of Sean Quinn because of what he has done for this area but that tomb should never have been moved,” said publican Toirbhealach Lyons, the owner of Molly Maguire’s pub in Ballyconnell.
“There would be a lot of people who would think you could never have any luck after moving an ancient tombstone.”
Such superstitions are common and widely believed according to University of Ulster folklore expert Seamus MacFlionn.
“Cavan is full of ancient sites like these and therefore many people there would be more superstitious about moving any ancient rath, tomb or fairy tree,” he said.
“People do genuinely believe that to do so brings bad luck. It’s part of our ancient Irish history,” he added.
However, not everyone in the area subscribes to the view that the movement of the tomb brought Mr Quinn his bad luck.
One sceptic is Ballyconnell butcher Gerard Crowe, “It’s a load of auld rubbish. . . Simple as that,” he said.
Is NASA attempting to hide evidence of secret moon bases, secret space program, or that moon trips never took place? These are the explanations of a number of different conspiracy theorists since this announcement made the papers.
According to a report in The Hindu newspaper, No-fly zones will come into effect on the moon for the very first time by the end of this month! Why, even buffer zones that spacecraft may have to avoid will come into existence.
The supposed official reason: avoiding any spraying of rocket exhaust or dust onto certain historical sites and artefacts on the moon.
The historical sites are of course the Apollo landing sites and artefacts present on the moon. And the “recommendations” are for preserving and protecting these historical sites. There are currently more than three dozen historical sites that preserve the more than four-decade-old remains.
“Apollo 11 and 17 sites [will] remain off-limits, with ground-travel buffers of 75 metres and 225 metres from each respective lunar lander,” states the July 20 guidelines of NASA. Science journal had obtained the guidelines.
According to Science, by the end of this month NASA is expected to come up with a set of “recommendations” for spacecraft and astronauts visiting the “U.S. government property on the moon.” Of course, these recommendations will not be legally binding as the 1967 Outer Space Treaty makes it clear that the lunar surface has no owner.
Despite the lack of ownership, NASA is hopeful that other countries will respect the U.S. sentiments. Incidentally, the restriction list contains more than the historical sites. For instance, the list includes studying discarded food and abandoned astronaut faeces.
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What the hell is this? Optical illusion, Project Bluebeam, Fata Morgana, mirage, fake?
An amazing video news report from China of an ‘optical illusion’ that appeared at approximately 5 PM, local time on Thursday in eastern China at the Tunxi section of the Xin’an River in Huangshan City, the mirage, a spectacular skyline of a city and mountains.
According to the news report in the video, the latest ‘optical illusion’, one of several that have been recently seen in the area. We wondered, does anyone know the identity of the ‘mystery’ city? Was the optical illusion a ‘real city’?
Video of ‘city skyline’ optical illusion filmed in Huangshan, China, on Thursday, June 16, 2011:
In 2005, an earlier ‘optical illusion’ was seen by thousands of residents of Penglai City for ‘four hours’. The illusion or mirage, clear enough to see ”bustling cars as well as crowds of people all clearly visible’.
It must be noted that some people have raised concerns about this story and video. All reports of this story cite the link below. We cannot find any verifiable Chinese source for this story either…
Source: Death By 1000 Papercuts