Getting to the root of that annoying Beaufort hum

Sir, Beaufort is a beautiful, tranquil, scenic area with rolling hills and high mountains. It makes one really think of what could be causing the recently reported 'hum' that has baffled locals.

Any time I visited the area all I ever observed was friendly people, good music, some sheep, a few cows, beautiful wild goats staring down at me from a high crag in the cliffs of the mountains, maybe even a whitetailed eagle in flight by a mountain river full of wild salmon.

No, this noise, 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. Its not the old Devil's Punch Bowl groaning before it erupts in a lava-flowing volcano. There is no motorway through the mountains. There is no airport for miles. There's not even a ghost train! The farmers' tractors are silent in the evening light and yet the hum persists.

We have to look elsewhere for the source of this mysterious noise. If we think about it, 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 that is as up to date as in any modern metropolitan city in the western world. However, unlike the old telephone wires that 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 believe our government is willing to allow companies to test and trial wireless devices in almost any part of the radio spectrum. I am convinced that this could be the answer to the hum in Beaufort.

James Pembroke Kilfilem, Farranfore.

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