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Words of worldly wisdom ... or just a lot of owl nonsense?

By Eddie McIlwaine

If you're out in the country at this time of the year, you can hardly miss the hooting of an owl during the dead of night... that eerie cry keeping you awake.

I'm told by an authority on birds, Arthur Mills of Fivemiletown, that it is an unlucky pest and he claims that owls drink lamp-oil and frequent haunted ruins, or old deserted churches.

Here's a word of advice from Arthur: "Never look directly into an owl's nest, or you will be depressed and unhappy for the rest of your days."

All that being said, in years gone by, the owl was much respected in Greece as a bird of great wisdom and almost as a god.

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