The tale of a fairy tree in Ardagh County Longford.

There is a tree on land owned by Jim Sweeney who is convinced that when this tree falls, he will have less than one week to live.

A tree in the middle of a field in the middle of Ireland.

He explains the traditional beliefs about the spell associated with the tree and his efforts to keep it alive. 

I'm propping it up.

As Jim is the last of the Sweeneys, he is doing everything in his power to keep the tree alive! He has not given up hope of finding a wife and procreating.

This episode of 'The Live Mike' was broadcast on 18 February 1983. The presenter is Mike Murphy.

'The Live Mike' first aired on RTÉ 1 on 9 November 1979. It was billed as a one-hour Friday-night programme of comment, entertainment and surprises. The programme also contained a candid-camera slot in which Mike Murphy and his team took on many disguises.