As some of you may know BubbleBum originated in the small city of Derry in Northern Ireland. What you may not know however is that the City has a history with some rather spooky going’s on. With today being Halloween we thought that we could post a few of our Local ghost stories over the course of the day.
Up first is the story of the Banshee. Often seen to be one of the wildest and most elaborate of Irish superstitions, the Banshee is often described as an old woman in loose clothes looking rather unkempt or else a beautiful young girl. Regardless of the physical description, one thing remains the same, the appearance of the Banshee and her doleful cries points to impending death.
The Banshee has been a prominent figure in local lore with numerous stories about her being seen or heard before the death of a loved. One such story is as follows:
A local man had been complaining to his wife for a few days about a particularly painful toothache, and when discussing it with his wife had mentioned that their neighbour seemed to be drying a white bed sheet by hanging it from her front window. The man’s wife found this odd as she knew this neighbour well and didn’t normally dry her washing in such a way.
A day later her young son came into the house in a state of fear and confusion, and told his mother of a strange encounter he had just had. While making his way home he had seen what seems like a young child sitting on the wall outside their house crying. Being worried thinking it was a friend, the young boy approached the crying figure to discover that it was in fact a small wringled old woman who was crying and moaning inconsolably. As he reached out to her she moved away and fled. The young boy stood startled by what he had seen until he entered the house to tell his mother. Convinced that her son had seen a Banshee the woman encouraged her husband to see a Doctor straight away to no avail as a few days after the incident he passed away.
The family remain convinced that the husband saw his own burial shroud and that the old woman his son met outside his house was a Banshee foreshadowing the husbands death.