This post by Thomas Marcum, Thomas is the founder/leader of the cryptozoology and paranormal research organization known as The Crypto Crew. Over 20 years experience with research and investigation of unexplained activity, working with video and websites. A trained wild land firefighter and a published photographer, and poet.
NEW Banshee Sighting Report
I just got in a report of a possible Banshee sighting in Ireland. Here is the report with some information after it.
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Name: Emily *****
Email Address: Withheld but on record
State: Not in America. The Republic of Ireland
Date of Sighting: 03/06/2014
Time of Day: Roughly 2am-3am
Nearest Town: Inagh
Length of Sighting: 1 hour
How many Witnesses: Only Me
Any Photos/Videos: No
Describe sighting in detail:
I'm not sure if you guys do anything paranormal outside of the USA especially not BigFoot related but I have quite an experience here in Ireland with what I believe to be a Banshee. They are a typical folk monster here and I personally thought them to be legends and old stories but last Tuesday I had an encounter that can only be explained by that.
If you guys don't know what a Banshee is, to roughly explain it they are a creature/spirit that is assigned to families. Some people view them as good things some as bad. They are said to be heard crying/screaming when someone in your family is about to die as a form of mourning.
I live in a small farmhouse in a pretty rural area of Ireland, which isn't saying much as most of Ireland is rural anyway. I heard what sounded like at first the screaming sound that cats make when they have a stand off. But it slowly started to transform into a contestant ringing scream coming from the distance. It was coming from a field next to me which is locally nick-named "the far bog" as it is just that. A bog/marsh that is far away from anything in particular.
I panicked and thought that someone had gotten stuck in the bog which is actually a common way of death here sadly, so I called the Guards (The Irish Police) and ran outside to try and find her. When I got to the bog I saw a woman standing upright on a stone wall that borders the bog. She had her head tilted upwards and was screaming so loudly that it actually caused some pain. She appeared to be wearing a flowing dress of some sort. This freaked me out as I presumed it was some drugged up/drunk person and I ran back inside and waited for the guards to come.
A single patrol car came up a few minutes later but the screaming had stopped by then. I explained to them exactly what had happened and they were actually the first to mention the possibility that it was a Banshee. They mentioned that this sort of call happens every few years. They officially wrote it down as a drunk and disorderly person on private property who left but then told me to call all of my immediate family to make sure everything is ok, as they both believed it was a Banshee. I did just that and sadly found out that my Mother had passed away in her sleep that night. The funeral was a few days ago and since then I have been transfixed by the story of the Banshee and have looked up as much information as I can. In the progress I came across your paranormal site. I thought that you guys might be at least slightly interested in my story. You can email me at any time if you ever want any more information.
UPDATE - I ask Emily for some photos of the area and she sent me the following. Thanks Emily.
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First, I would like to send my condolences to Emily and her family over the loss of their mother.
Here is some information about the Banshee.
The banshee, is a female spirit in Irish mythology, usually seen as an omen of death and a messenger from the underworld.
In legend, a banshee is a fairy woman who begins to wail if someone is about to die. In Scottish Gaelic mythology, she is known as the bean sìth or bean-night and is seen washing the bloodstained clothes or armor of those who are about to die.
In legend, a banshee wails nearby when someone is about to die. There are some special families who are believed to have banshees attached to them, and whose cries herald the death of a member of that family. Most, though not all, surnames associated with banshees have the Ó or Mac prefix. They were also associated with the Airlie clan. Accounts of banshees go back as far as 1380.
Stories of banshees can also be found in America in the late 18th century. The most prevalent of the American stories comes from Tar River in Edgecombe County, North Carolina. However, in this variation of the story, the banshee is simply a ghoul, as opposed to a sign of misfortune.
In the badlands of South Dakota, a banshee is said to wail upon a hill near Watch Dog Butte. Like other American tales of banshees, this legend does not connect her to any particular death.
Regardless of the location or the background story about the origins or purpose of a Banshee, it seems to be a very frightening event.
A thanks goes to Emily for sending us her report about the event. We hope to have an update to this story.
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