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Bad vibrations

• Regarding the mysterious hum in Beaufort in the Kingdom. This part of Co Kerry is a beautiful, tranquil, scenic area with rolling hills and high mountains. It makes one really think of what could be causing this "noise" in such an isolated area.

Any time I visited the area all I ever observed were friendly people, good music, some sheep and a few cows. A white-tailed eagle soars by a mountain river full of wild salmon.

No, this hum is not coming from the mountains or from the earth. It's not the result of a sudden release of energy in the earth's crust that creates seismic waves and sends out a humming noise.

There is no motorway through the mountains. There is no airport for miles. The farmers' tractors are silent in the evening light and yet the hum persists.

Now, we have to look elsewhere . . . apart from the scenery, what does this area have in common with the rest of the country? It doesn't take rocket science to figure this out. It's technology!

This part of Kerry has technology as up to date as any modern metropolitan city in the western world; but unlike the old telephone, when poles and wires were strung from house to house, technologies are now wireless. It would cost millions to lay fibre-optic cables along narrow country roads into the mountains of south-west Kerry

I don't pretend to be an expert in this field but I am concerned when our Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources has a policy to invite overseas companies to test their technologies "in a live environment" and "allow test and trial of wireless devices in almost any part of the radio spectrum".

James Pembroke
Co Kerry

Irish Independent