A RECENT UFO sighting in Donegal has raised questions over how many such occurrences are going unreported in the Strabane district.
At the end of November a sighting over the skies of Carrigart was communicated to officials at www.ufo-hunters.com.
The unnamed stargazer who spotted the object described it as an “egg-shaped fireball, heading North at great speed.”
Nor is it the first time that an unidentified object has been clocked in the skies over Donegal.
On February 1 last year at 2am a source spotted a “strange green coloured object followed by six smaller objects moving in formation across the sky” over Letterkenny.
The latest unusual activity reported over Carrigart brings to nine the number of UFO sightings recorded in Donegal.
Crossing the border into the Strabane district and only two sightings have been reported in the past number of years.
The earliest, in Sion Mills on October 25, 1995 was only reported in 2007. An unnamed person reported, “I saw what looked like two circles of light on the ground about a foot in front of us as if someone was standing over us pointing two torches at the ground.” They added, “(I saw) what looked like two suns flying over our heads at a good speed.”
Latterly on January 1 2010, another source reported seeing “four round orange lights” in the skies above Strabane.
However the vintage of these local sightings has prompted one man to suggest more sightings have taken place, although have not been reported.
“There has definitely been more sightings than that,” Strabane stargazer, Jason Tinney remarked.
“I’ve heard from people who’ve said they’ve seen things but they might not have made any official reports. I know just a few months back a local man said he’d seen a thing that was burning in the sky.”
The amateur astronomer continued, “This is the kind of thing that gets a laugh from some people but there are others who are deadly serious about it. I remember talking to a man at a convention one time in Dublin who was able to tell me about sightings in our area.
“But I suppose it’s like anything else, you have to maybe see something with your own eyes before you’re going to believe it.”
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