Co. Clare authorities today are trying to reintegrate a father and son back into society after they allegedly fled a Linda Martin concert three decades ago to live deep in the karst-landscape region of the Burren, an official said Saturday.
Marty Rafferty, 82, and his son Barry Rafferty, 42, emerged bedraggled from the remote rocky region on Wednesday morning in an emaciated condition, wearing what appeared to be old crisp packets as a loincloth.
The former butcher ran away with his then twelve-year-old son Barry from Kilkenny, almost 206 km away.
He was grief-stricken after stumbling upon a Linda Martin concert which was held in Kilkenny in 1983. Not being able to cope physically or mentally with Linda’s screeches, he entered survival mode. Covering his own ears and his sons (somehow) he ran into the horizon screaming the word ‘No’ over and over again.
“The son is afraid of music in general now. He will not talk to strangers.. which is everyone now obviously… to be honest when I saw them first I laughed and laughed and laughed,” stated local farmer who stumbled upon the couple wandering aimlessly through the rocky landscape when he was out looking at rocks.
“Yea, I’m into rocks in a big way” stated Micheal Harkin who wishes to remain anonymous.
The Irish government will spend about €1,700 to build the men a home in County Cavan, as it is seen as the closest in terms of ‘way of life’ to the Neanderthal lifestyle they had been forced to adapt to.