Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Alien Big Cat in Howth Head

On Monday, 19 April 1965, the mystery animal that had been frequently sighted in Howth Head paid a visit to the home of Mr and Mrs Dunphy, where it enjoyed some time in their garden.

According to Mrs Dunphy, the animal was cat-like, ginger and about 24 inches in height. It left paw prints in the garden that were 2.5 inches wide. There were also some claw marks.

The Dunphy's thought the animal might be a puma. So did Garda Tom Haughty, who watched the incident through a telescope.

As no pumas were missing from Dublin Zoo, Gardai believed the puma had most likely been illegally imported as a cub, and had escaped from an owner who was too afraid to report it missing.

Source:
The Irish Times, 21 April 1965.

Monday, 28 March 2016

Mystery Explosion in Waterford

At midnight on Wednesday, 21 August 1946, there was an explosion and a “vivid flash of light” in Waterford city. However, there was no evidence to be found that there had been an explosion.
Some witnesses reported seeing smoke coming from the yard of a building contractor. But the Fire Brigade and the Civic Guards found nothing during a search of the yard.
Mystery explosions were a daily occurrence in many parts of south-east Ireland during July 1946.
They were particularly intense on Thursday, 11 July 1946. Beginning at 4:20am, there were explosions every minute for the next hour. Houses vibrated; and in one a wall collapsed.
Though they seemed to come from the Irish Sea, the source of the explosions was never discovered.
Sources:
The Irish Times, 12 July 1946 and 23 August 1946.