Annacloy fairy tree
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Archive: 'Fairy tree' removal causes alarm in County Down

When civil engineers removed a thorn tree blocking a new road between Downpatrick and Ballynahinch, it caused consternation among the residents of Annacloy who believed it to be the home of fairies.

In our archive report from 1964, locals talk about the fate that will befall those who have disrespected fairy traditions.