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Irish Salthill UFO sighting recalled

An Irish witness at Galway recalled a UFO incident from 1986 now referred to as the Salthill UFO Sighting, according to testimony in Case 82139 from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.

Witness illustration. (Credit: MUFON)

Witness illustration. (Credit: MUFON)

The events occurred on March 1, 1986.

“One early spring day I walked up a hill on my way to Salthill beach,” the witness stated.“It looked liked it could rain, even though there were patches of blue in the sky. As I examined the clouds, to judge if it would rain soon, a cigar-shaped object appeared in the sky between the roofs of a row of houses. As I continued walking the object moved in the sky relative to the position of the houses on the ground, due to the perspective.”

Witness illustration. (Credit: MUFON)

Witness illustration. (Credit: MUFON)

Witness illustration. (Credit: MUFON)

Witness illustration. (Credit: MUFON)

The witness attempted to estimate the object’s distance.

“It hovered above the roof tops about one or two miles away, not moving. It’s appearance and color made me think of a Zeppelin. Then I continued walking and the object disappeared behind the roof of a house and some trees, because I moved and the perspective changed. I expected to see it again where it should have reappeared, but it remained disappeared.”

Witness illustration. (Credit: MUFON)

Witness illustration. (Credit: MUFON)

The witness then walked back to where the object was last seen.

“A slow-moving blimp should still have been in about the same position in the sky. But the object was no longer there. All this happened within a few seconds. After I reached the top of the hill I walked down to the beach promenade, I could see that there was a lot of activity in Claude Toft Park, next to the beach. It looked like a festival was going on. At the seafront, I had a clear view of the whole sky, and I asked people about having seen a blimp or if balloons had been launched for the festivities, but no one had seen anything.”

Witness-submitted image. (Credit: MUFON)

Witness-submitted image. (Credit: MUFON)

Galway is a city in the West of Ireland in the province of Connacht, population 79,504. Please remember that most UFO sightings can be explained as something natural or man-made. The above quotes were edited for clarity. Please report UFO activity to MUFON.com.

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