The legend of the healing powers of the lucky seventh son of a seventh son is the subject of this 'Newsbeat' report from 1970. Michael Ryan meets their mothers, the faithful, the hopeful and the cured.

'Newsbeat' features the seventh son of a seventh son Finbar Nolan, who it is claimed has healing powers. This report includes an interview with Finbar's mother, Mrs Bernard Nolan, who tells of his healing powers that were evident from an early age. She talks about how she had prayed for a seventh son, as it is said they are lucky. She also talks about the connection between the lucky seventh son and earthworms. 

While it is claimed that the seventh son of a seventh son has healing powers, the report acknowledges that they have not brought people back from the dead.

Ringworm, cow pox, back pains, leg pains, joints creaking and twisting with age. These are the things seventh sons are called upon to soothe, breathe on, and to lay their hands upon.

Another mother of a seventh son Mrs. Kathleen Bannon of Clarinbridge, Co. Galway speaks to Michael Ryan about the gifts that come with being the seventh son. 

This episode of 'Newsbeat' was broadcast on 11 March, 1970.