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2021 saw spike in Northern Ireland UFO reports

By T.K. Randall
December 26, 2021 · Comment icon 7 comments

UFOs abound over Northern Ireland this year. Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Gerhard Uhlhorn
The last 12 months saw a marked increase in the number of unidentified objects spotted over the country.
Northern Ireland might not be what you would call a 'hotbed' of UFO activity, but that hasn't stopped it from being home to more than its usual share of UFO sightings over this calendar year.

According to reports, the police received word of a total of eight UFO sightings, which is four times as many as was submitted in 2020 and four more than the total from 2019.

These sightings included that of a "spaceship" with flashing lights in the Downpatrick area on January 17th, as well as two sightings in May - one of a white light following a helicopter in Maghaberry and another of a disc-shaped object spotted in the skies above the Slemish area of County Antrim.

In July, a home CCTV camera caught something unusual in the sky over Maghaberry, while sightings were reported of a peculiar dome-shaped object with eight lights over Saintfield.
Perhaps the most bizarre report of the year was that received in September by someone who claimed to have encountered "aliens" in their own bedroom, while a detained patient claimed to have been abducted by extraterrestrials in October.

The year's reports were bookended by "unusual bright lights" spotted in the sky in November.

"It's difficult to say what lies behind the small increase in sightings," said former MoD UFO investigator Nick Pope.

"Covid-19 and lockdowns may have played a role, with people having more time on their hands during the pandemic, and perhaps spotting things that previously may have gone unnoticed."

Source: Evening Standard | Comments (7)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Test Subject 1 year ago
Any relation to the violence being spread there by the UVF and UDA? People are just sitting in their homes in Northern Ireland in fear these days?
Comment icon #2 Posted by RAyMO 1 year ago
no - NI has been very peaceful for many years (relatively speaking).† As for covid - I see more people on my village street than London's man shopping street.†
Comment icon #3 Posted by Test Subject 1 year ago
Are you in Northern Ireland??
Comment icon #4 Posted by sanchez710 1 year ago
Most of these sightings would be explained by Starlink.
Comment icon #5 Posted by fred_mc 1 year ago
So this is based on reports to the police. I wonder how many who see a UFO who would report it to the police. Not many I think.
Comment icon #6 Posted by RAyMO 1 year ago
yes †
Comment icon #7 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps 1 year ago
it's all good, 8 or 108, it raises world awareness†

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