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‘The Fairy Tree Portal’


Ballymagorry, Strabane, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland
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Ballymagorry, Strabane, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland
Recently I was on another excursion, trying to locate an ancient portal/wedge tomb in which I seen referenced in an old map from 1711. I re-walked a road curiously named ‘Rock Road’ but all I could see was this glorious big Fairy Tree standing lonesome in a field. The sun was setting so I decided to photograph it. As soon as I walked around the back of this old hawthorn, I couldn’t believe my luck! There at its base was the 4000 year old tomb I was searching for! The Fairy Tree had amazingly grown from within this portal tomb, thus concealing it from everyone for ages. It’s the first I’ve seen of its kind across Ireland.
A Fairy tree is traditionally a tree (normally a Hawthorn) that stands alone in a field or a natural clearing. Our Irish folklore tells us that these mysterious trees are believed to be gateways to the otherworld for elves & fairies (Sidhe). These gateways are so important to the little folk it is said that “those who cause harm to a fairy tree will be cursed by the Sidhe and have terrible bad luck for the remainder of their days” If you even touch a Fairy tree you still run the risk of calling unlucky attention to yourself. This is why it is not a good idea to touch or damage Fairy Trees in any form as they are important magical gateways for our Irish Fairies. These mythical trees were and still are so sacred that to this very day, that no farmer would dare touch them with a saw blade in the fear of gaining bad luck. That’s why when you travel Ireland’s countryside almost every other field will have a single tree standing lonesome, The Irish Fairy Tree ????
Please don’t be panicking about this photo as it is perfectly safe to look & admire these trees ???? I personally believe in these trees having some magic attached to them & would never dare harm one (especially one growing from an ancient tomb). Almost everyone I know from family to friends etc believe in this myth. Do you believe in Fairy Trees? ????‍♀️

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