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UFO video shows fireballs in Cork, Ireland

A witness recorded approximately three minutes of video showing multiple fireball UFOs in the sky above Cork, Ireland.

The witness, YouTube user Naktis Ireland, uploaded the video to the video sharing service on March 16, 2013. But the title of the video indicates the incident occurred in December 2012. The video shows multiple bright balls of light appearing out of nowhere, and drifting slowly through the sky. The low-quality video is extremely jittery, but the witness explains:

I am sorry for the quality, it was filmed with a mobile phone. Ironically I had a Cannon EOS 500D with 300mm lens at home that could of filmed in 3000×3000 but I was afraid that they would disappear by the time I got my camera as this is a very rare opportunity so instead, used a phone to record as much as possible.

Fireball UFOs over Ireland. (Credit: Naktis Ireland/YouTube)

Fireball UFOs over Ireland. (Credit: Naktis Ireland/YouTube)

The video initially utilized YouTube’s stabilization feature to help steady the shaky video. But in response to requests by viewers who wanted to see the unmodified video, the uploader removed the stabilization. Viewers also questioned the video’s lack of an audio track. The witness responded, “The only pc software modification I did was to remove the sound as some comments where irrelevant and to cut off the end as it was filming the empty sky.” Still, there are many who suspect that elements like the shaky, poor quality of the video and the lack of an audio track are red flags indicating a hoaxed video.

Author Whitley Strieber and his wife Anne Strieber posted an article about this video to their site on Wednesday, April 17 in which they published opinions from three experts regarding the video. Anne explains:

Two of our experts don’t rule out the possibility that these lights are unknowns. The third feels sure the video is a hoax. I think that this could have been made by releasing sky lanterns, then opening the shutter of the camera to make them appear extremely bright. However, there is no way to make a final determination with this video. Possible unknown.

The witness cautiously stated, “I never mentioned aliens. I said they are very bright, strange orbs that are UNIDENTIFIED witch means that I cant even say that they where lanterns because no such detail was seen. Believe what you want to believe, anything is possible.”

About Jason McClellan

Jason McClellan is a UFO journalist and the producer/co-host of the web series Spacing Out! He is also the web content manager and staff writer for OpenMinds.tv, and a co-organizer and technical producer of the International UFO Congress. As a founding member of Open Minds, Jason served as a writer and editor for the now defunct Open Minds magazine. He has appeared on Syfy, NatGeo, and, most recently, he co-starred on H2's Hangar 1: The UFO Files. ------ Follow Jason on Twitter @acecentric and subscribe to Jason's updates on Facebook.


  1. Richard McDaniel

    I have been recording similar lights in West Virginia since 6-25-12 some of my videos are on YouTube under rmcdaniel96 I quit up loading them because no one seams to care I have a lot more than what IV uploaded

  2. Yeah it’s tough to get clear video, seems like todays cameras could do a better job?

  3. Those are no lanterns…. I’ve seen those orbs before, and if you could see inside the shields, you would see classic discs

  4. I believe they are flares released as part of the Titanic 100 commemorations in Cork Dec 15 2012 , The video was shot in Cork in December .

  5. I have a same type of video and I’m from Ohio I’m not the type to post ufo videos but if you would like me to email me.

  6. The audio was actually removed to avoid listening to the music of the celebration of the 100th aniversary of the Titanic celebrated in Cork in December 2012 with, among other things, flares.

  7. I’ve seen something very similar around the same date. There was only 3 of them, but they were there for 3-5 mins. The location was ~10-15 miles out of Newtown,ND USA on a drilling rig, it was still very, dark probably around 4-5am. They accented slowly into the clouds that morning but simalar color, simaler size, about 300 yards from us. I Never report in things like this and to this day I don’t believe in aliens…. maybe the Russian; but who the hell knows. I know it wasn’t Chinese floating candle out where I was at. Hell it was probably-30F that morning and in the middle of NO WHERE…. Crazy Shit but I know I googled searched something like fireball ufo and seen that there was a few people that seen similar objects around the same time as well.

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