One man's plans to be buried alive on a fairy fort in county Wexford.
From 30 April 1970 Cathal O'Shannon reports for Newsbeat on Tim Hayes, who wants to be buried alive for eleven days in a coffin on a fairy fort during a Fete at Monamolin, Co. Wexford. However, his plans face the opposition of locals who believe it is bad luck to interfere with a fairy fort. Hayes is determined to prove them wrong.
Due his lack of local support, Tim faced the dilemma of who would dig his grave. None of the local men were willing to interfere with the fairy fort. However, he may have found diggers among his workmates at Cobh dockyard.
Turn one sod of that fort, and you'll never have a days luck. There's not a man in the village would dare to touch it.
When asked why he wants to bury himself alive in a fairy fort, Tim responds
I just want to prove to the world that there's no such a thing as a fairy... I don't believe in fairies.
On 8 June 1970 Tim Hayes beat his previous world record of 215 hours buried alive in a standard size coffin. He remained underground on the fairy site in Monamolin for 239 hours, 31 minutes and 55 seconds. His previous record had been set in Macroom.
Tim Hayes died in 2005.
This episode of 'Newsbeat' was broadcast on 30 April 1970.
'Newsbeat' was a half-hour feature programme presented by Frank Hall and ran for 7 years from September 1964 to June 1971. 'Newsbeat' went out from Monday to Friday on RTE television and reported on current affairs and issues of local interest from around Ireland. The final programme was broadcast on the 11 June, 1971.