Clare storyteller and friend of the fairies, Eddie Lenihan, has waded into an argument surrounding the construction of a factory by West Pharmaceutical Services, which will see the destruction of an ancient fairy fort.
The Crusheen man has written to the American company behind the factory, warning them that ill luck will follow all those involved in clearing the fairy fort – saying it is a question of when and not if, the fairies will decide to take their revenge.
The factory is currently under construction at Knockhouse in Waterford and is set to deliver more than 150 jobs to the locality when finished in 2018.
In his warning letter to the company, Mr Lenihan sited the example of the Ferenka factory in Limerick, which was closed suddenly in 1977 after just six years in operation and a series of unlikely setbacks, including the kidnapping of the head of the factory by the IRA.
“I am no campaigner, I just like to see things respected. I said to them today, in that letter, that if that factory is built, and I hope the factory is built on another location because Waterford needs the jobs, but if it is built there, wait and see what happens,” said Mr Lenihan.
“It’s not a matter of if it will close but when it will close. People will think you are a crank if you say something like this and there will be much laughter, but remember what happened to Ferenka in Limerick. Look what happened.
“I’d like it to be on the record anyway so that people can look back when something happens and see that they [the factory owners] were warned and didn’t pay attention. You don’t do these sorts of things without paying a price.
“They are deeper things happening here that we don’t understand and we should leave them be.
“It will be more than bad luck, there are stories after stories of it.
“I’d be the first to be sceptical, I’m not one of those people who believes everything.
“ I’ve been collecting folklore for 40 years and a lot of the stories are buncombe, but not all.
“I’ve seen things happen that are not nice, time after time. I believe in mathematics, you can have one coincidence and two coincidence or three coincidences, but after a while you realise that it can’t be coincidence.”
The tri-vallate ring fort is estimated to be thousands of years old and will be cleared in the second phase of the factory’s development.

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