Fact 4: The Magic Road
Roll up, roll up! Ireland has back-roads and then it has roll-up-backwards-roads. This bizarre phenomenon sees vehicles moving themselves uphill backwards. The Comeragh Mountains in County Waterford and the Cooley Peninsula in County Louth host two of the enchanted spots.
Why does this happen? Some put it down to natural magnets in the earth, others believe it to be a matter of perspective, and there are those who cite fairies as the cause. Not quite sure what to believe, actor Andrew McCarthy went on a quest to find the Magic Road.
Fact 5: Fairy Forts
Banshees, leprechauns and vampires are regular characters in Irish lore but it’s the fairies, above most, who left their mark on the landscape.
Fairy forts, such as that at Dooneva in County Clare, are circular earthen mounds, which tradition claims are imbued with Druid’s magic. And woe is you if you ever disturb them. Legend has it that the leader of a group of men working to level earth at Dooneeva fell ill and died. His wife, a wise woman, brought him back to life magically.
Spoiler alert: In truth, these mounds are remnants of ancient dwellings from the late Iron Age so are less to do with the winged creatures and more to do with ancient civilisation! And that fellow at Dooneeva? Maybe it was a bad dose of man flu?