For generations, people have searched in vain for the Loch Ness Monster, Big Foot and visitors from outer space, but while there have been many reported close encounters, the best evidence provided usually consists of a grainy photograph or a shaky video clip.
It is tantalising to think that our world is still big enough to hide such natural wonders, but the reality seems to suggest that they are simply figments of our imagination.
A bit closer to home, we as a country are steeped in folklore and legend; it is part of who we are as a people. It is also part of the reason Irish people have such a unique view of the world around them.
We might feel embarrassed about admitting that we still have a connection to these traditions but the truth is, even in our professional lives, we openly state to our colleagues and business associates that we still do believe in fairytales and miracles.
It still amazes me that for a profession of such skilled negotiators, who invariably play their cards so close to their chests, they can sometimes reveal that they still believe in these events. Everyday, we are asked to find people who will 'hit the ground running from day one'. I don't mean to burst anyone's bubble, but unfortunately, there is no such thing as 'hitting the ground running'.