Giant scrapers, bulldozers, are at work on a new jet runway at Shannon Airport. But?
G.V. THE FAIRY FORT.
L.V. SEVERAL FAIRIES DANCING.
L.V. FAIRY STANDING ON FORT.. POSSIBLY THE QUEEN.
L.V. HORDES OF FAIRIES DANCING.
S.V. MAN POINTING AT FAIRY.
L.V. PAN THE FAIRY FORT. PAN TO MEN LAYING PIPE LINE.
S.V. AN IRISHMAN AT WORK.
S.V. PAN DERELICT HOUSE.
L.V. AN EARTH MOVER CAREFULLY AVOIDING THE FAIRY FORT.
L.V. ANOTHER EARTH MOVER. NEARLY CAUSING AN ACCIDENT TO A FAIRY.
S.V. PAN EARTH MOVER AT WORK.
G.V. THE FAIRY FORT STILL UNTOUCHED ON EARTH.
MOVER WORKING NEARBY.
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Background: Giant scrapers, bulldozers, are at work on a new jet runway at Shannon Airport. But no Irish worker on foot will remove even a blade of grass on part of the extension area for "fear of the fairies" whose land, by legend, it is.
The area, flanking one of the new runways, is a "Fairy Fort," they say, to be preserved, according to custom, mythological and legendary. The Fairies who dwell thereupon, and no doubt therein, should on no account be disturbed - not even if Shannon Airport is the major link between the European and the American Continent.
The Fort is a 40-feet high saucer-shaped mound. And the giant scrapers and bulldozers must now go round it - by order of the Irish Republican Government, who are not unaware that the Fort is possibly the headquarters of all the fairies in County Limerick.
When people living around the airport saw the plans they were horrified; this would bring trouble to everyone, they said.
They would suffer - because you cant upset the "little folk" and get away with it; the airlines would suffer because, if intending passengers got to know about such a desecration, there would be a lot of cancellations.
Airline executives got to hear about the trouble. They sent their executives to look over the fairy fort.
These men weighed up the locals' fears and hurried to talk with officials of Dublin Department of Industry and Commerce.
Result was a confidential Government order to the contractors: "Don't move that fairy fort."
The airstrip itself will cost GBP700,000. It's length: 10,000 feet. The Government say there will be no more danger from the fort that from the airport building. When completed, the extended runway will accommodate jet airliners, bigger, if necessary, than today's Comet Four and the Boeing 707.