Irish Heritage Month & March Blog Challenge – Day 5

For our Day 5 challenge entry, I wanted to write some more about Irish Heritage Month. So for today, we are going to talk about one of the most well known legend and folklore – The Banshee

Now, if you are a fan of the movie Darby o’Gill and the Little People you undoubtedly remember the scenes where Darby O’Gill (played by Albert Sharpe) encounters the Banshee both on side of the of the ruins, and at his cottage. But do you know the origin of the Banshee?

The Banshee, also known as fairy woman, is a female spirit in Irish mythology who heralds the death of a family member. Family members are said to hear shrieking or keening when the banshee appears.

Although there is a lot of information out there about the banshee, but one of my favorite references to the banshee is in the poem “The Cry of the Banshee” by Francis Duggan. Read it below:

“The Cry of the Banshee

As the moon at midnight moves through the starry sky
Out there in the bog land the Banshee’s shrill cry
The one seldom heard and that human eyes cannot see
Some say the ghost of one who died in agony.

‘Tis said the cry of the banshee is a brief loud shrill screech
That into the depths of the soul seem to reach
And those who have heard it will never forget
That loud ear piercing scream ’til the day of their death.

To those who have heard it fear of the night it does bring
The cry of the banshee is a terrifying thing
The most terrifying scream that they ever did hear
A cry that instil in those who hear it fear.

The cry of the banshee is a blood curdling cry
It pierces the silence of the midnight sky
And those who have heard it never leave us in doubt
That at midnight from their homes they never more venture out.

Francis Duggan”


Stay tuned for more awesome posts about Ireland, the history, the food, even the language!


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