Betty Meyler, Former President of the UFO Society of Ireland R.I.P
at Lough Key Forest Park, Boyle, Co. Roscommon when on 14th December 1997, on foot of a Prediction, six lights were seen skimming across the water.
On 21st. September 1997 an article appeared in the Sunday World newspaper describing a mysterious crash in the Curlew Mountains near Boyle in County Roscommon. What was it? Conflicting stories emerged – we heard of black limousines driven by men in suits with foreign accents being seen up isolated country roads normally only used by farmers with tractors. We heard of mountain roads being closed off, of army helicopters in the vicinity and after a while there was only —– secrecy & silence —- shades of men in black!
The newspaper article came to the attention of UFO researchers & investigators who deemed the story to be significant enough to merit an investigative journey to Boyle. Although their findings at the “crash” site proved to be inconclusive, the presentation they gave in a local pub on the UFO phenomenon world-wide created much local interest, so much so that it was decided to form a local UFO society where people with this common interest could meet to air and share their views and experiences. It was to be called the “WESTERN UFO SOCIETY”.
Shortly afterwards, in February 1998, the magazine “Woman’s Way” published an article on the subject following an interview. This was taken up by the media, and we were invited to do radio interviews on nearly every radio station in Ireland, from Donegal in the north, to Cork in the south.
The result was surprising to say the least. Suddenly people were “coming out of the closet”. Little old ladies, sensible down-to-earth pillars of the community were contacting us to tell of their experiences and sightings of UFOs, some dating back 30 to 40 years. Stories that they had never told before, for fear of being laughed at and ridiculed. Now they were at last able to talk to someone who would not only take the time to listen to them, but was actually prepared to believe in them.
Further interviews followed – on “The Late Late Show” (hosted by Gay Byrne at the time), on TV3 and on Cork television. It was no longer possible to stay as a West of Ireland Society and in June of 1998 we decided to expand and encompass the whole of Ireland.
Thus the UFO SOCIETY OF IRELAND was born.
We would welcome news of Irish sightings, even though they might not be very recent – if you do not wish them to be revealed on the website you could mail us.
To date we have organised six Irish International UFO Conferences.
The First was in Galway in June 2004. Internationally recognised speakers at the very successful conference included Stanton T. Friedman, Dr. Roger Leir and Michael Hessemann.
The Second took place on the weekend of 27th/28th August 2005 in the Bush Hotel, Carrick-on Shannon. It was equally successful and you can read a full report.
The Third took place on the weekend 23rd/24th September, again in the Bush Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon. It was also very successful and you can read a full report. All of the speakers voted it the ‘best ever’ UFO conference.
The Fourth took place on the weekend of 22nd/23rd September 2007, also in the Bush Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon. This was the most successful to date and you can read a full report.
The Fifth took place on 27/28 September 2008 in the Bush Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim and was voted the very best ever.
The Sixth took place on October 3rd/4th 2009 in King House, Boyle, Co. Roscommon.
We are now regarded as the mouthpiece of Irish Ufology and have conducted many interviews on radio stations around the country.
We would also like to hear about cases of abductions, and also of USOs (Unidentified Submersible Objects).