Josh Gates Searched for and Found the Irish Banshee on Destination Truth

Irish Banshee

Lethal, fairy tale phantoms and creatures have haunted Ireland for centuries, according to the Irish townsfolk. In particular, they hold a special reverence for the Irish Banshee. Based on the mysterious happenings at a certain dilapidated medieval castle near the cliff-side, the screaming Banshee seems to have settled itself there.

Destination Truth producers sent worldwide adventurer, Josh Gates, to Ireland to search for the notorious phantom. Here he questioned the townsfolk. And after hearing about the medieval ruins, he set out to find this terrible phantom. Strange events happened there. Afterwards, leaving Ireland, Josh Gates insisted the Irish Banshee is more than a mere fairy tale. Or, are the Destination Truth producers selling tall tales?

Why Josh Gates Searched for the Irish Banshee in the First Place

People around the world watch, know, and love Josh Gates. He is a fun-loving, down-to-earth American who respects and honors other people and cultures. Fellow Americans – and I must assume other people from different nationalities – also hold an interest in Irish folklore. Having combined these two elements, specifically with the infamous Banshee, Destination Truth producers had the perfect episode.

I only question why Josh Gates acted so convinced about the Irish Banshee’s presence? Yes, mysterious noises permeated the otherwise silent night. Some odd shadows appeared inside the castle’s ruins. However, in every abandoned place, there exists wild animals. Some rustle in the bushes, others hide in dark crevices. Demons probably exist, as seen in Josh Gate’s Romanian episode, but they are known to harass living people. Why did Josh so readily believe in the Irish Banshee’s existence?

What Occurred as Josh Gates and His Crew Searched for the Irish Banshee

Little occurred in this episode regarding the Irish episode other than what normally occurs when people go ghost hunting. Inexplicable shadows ran to and fro, up and down castle ruins and yawning lawns. Sounds like a screaming woman – which can be very similar to a howling fox – resound throughout the empty and silent grounds. Bats and birds fly up unexpectedly. All of this spooked Josh Gates and his crew. And soon they “heard” the phantom chasing after them.

What really got the ball rolling was when Barry, who used to host Ghost Hunters International, trained everyone’s eyes on an object on the ground. We television viewers saw nothing, though the camera pointed down to the ground. However, Barry convinced everyone that the Irish Banshee had thrown the unseen object. And if anyone picked it up, they would soon meet their death. Hocus pocus, in my general opinion. They should have picked it up to verify the rumors of the howling Banshee.

Then came the part where Hallie entered the high tower alone, where the Irish Banshee had supposedly been seen, to do a ghostly interview. The metal stairs, which she had just climbed, began making noise, as if the lethal phantom was coming to meet her. She freaked out and began talking on her walkie-talkie. And Josh told her to come down the stairs and investigate what could have made the noise. Nothing else happened.

What I Learned about Josh Gates and the Irish Banshee

To be perfectly honest, I learned more about Josh Gates during this episode than I did about the Irish Banshee. Based on the performance given, Josh Gates serves as the overworked employee to the Destination Truth producers. Either that, or he wants to believe in Irish folklore. Whichever one be the truth, I’m surprised either way.

To the screaming Irish Banshee, where are your victims? What leads the Irish people to wholeheartedly believe they will die if they pick up a thrown item? The wind there howls at night. Animals rustle and hide in crooks and crannies. Shadows appear in odd places throughout the world. All of these could explain the Irish Banshee’s existence. Why believe in a lethal phantom?

This Irish Banshee interests me greatly in folklore. But, in the real world, I’m a sceptic and a naysayer about television’s adventure programs. So, only one question remains: What do you believe?


Monsters in Literature, and Monsters in Reality – All Things Frightening in the UK

Robert Couse-Baker, all things frightening in the UK

Halloween has erupted in the United States, disrupting my plans for exploring more UK meals and British royal histories. For my curiosity about all things frightening in the UK has reared its head, demanding my attention. And it’s my full intention to explore it, to submerge myself in everything related to UK mystery and horror.

Bring Friends and Family to All Things Frightening in the UK

It’s also my intention to drag my husband along this dark road. For I’m a big scaredy-cat, and I’m usually frightened at things as small as theatrical horror stories. Real-life horror, such as Jack the Ripper, frightens me even more.

Therefore, since my husband finds entertainment in dark stories and horror movies, I hope he will protect me from my own imagination as we dive into all things frightening in the UK. I advise for all my readers to do the same. For the UK horror, especially the real-life horror, will make every dark corner ominous and every unknown noise mysteriously connected to serial killers who roam the streets.

Exploring the Age-Old Frights in All Things Frightening in the UK

It’s my suspicion many people who read this post will laugh at the age-old horror stories, fictional and reality-based, which we will explore and study. Nevertheless, I turn to these classics because of their great imprint on society around the world. If given enough time, we will explore the following books, movies, and histories:

Exploring these old tales and fables may lead me to learn more about America’s history and culture regarding Halloween and the supernatural. After all, a mere few months into studying about the UK has revealed much about how Americans have adopted and adapted UK customs and practices into their own culture. Why not Halloween?

“Share the Wealth!” Pertaining All Things Frightening in the UK

Based on Google’s Analytics, I realize that people who visit this blog know much more about the United
Kingdom and its culture than I may ever know. And I ask, as someone who loves British books, films, foods, histories, and modern culture, for people to share their knowledge with me. Or, at least, to give me tips on where to find true, solid information about the UK.

Right now, I ask for information regarding all things frightening in the UK. If my readers know scary British authors or movie directors, then please, share the wealth! I will research and share with all my American friends who also enjoy all the frightening things imported to us from the UK.

Secrets Learned from Daoine Maithe – What We Gathered about Irish Fairies

Alexander Truong and I have wedded at last! And after enjoying our honeymoon on the USA’s West Coast, the new Mary Truong returns to recount the mystifying tales from her unexpected adventures…and the fairies she found there.

“Hold on. What does North America’s coast have to do with Mary Loves the UK?” ask the readers as they turn away.

Wait, wait! Don’t leave just yet! This particular adventure in mind relates very closely with the United Kingdom. The British may think me silly through and through, but their Irish neighbors will inwardly smile at this post, albeit while tsk, tsking the tale.

Fairies Found in Fort Bragg, California

Alex and I had started our adventures on the Oregon coast. Circumstances and spontaneity drove us South into the great California Redwoods, and we landed in a small, coastal town called Fort Bragg.

Alex entering the woodland.

The dull and uninspired creatures inside us had us roaming the tourist shops, spending money on unnecessary items. Back at our shelter for the night, Alex mentioned a botanical garden located just down the road.

Though he expected little beauty in a botanical garden compared to the great Redwoods surrounding the town, the place piqued my interest. We arrived at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden at half-past nine the next morning.

Passing through the dark shadows.

Investigating the small gift shop at the location’s front encouraged us to go ahead and buy the day passes for the garden. We had done well to enter the garden before the many others who came later in the day.

Provided with a map, Alex tried to lead me down the widest, most solid path available. However, the shadows and flowers beneath the overhanging pines and furs drew me in, and I soon went off the well-traveled path.

Asphalt paths and dirt trails ran through and provided views to the most beautiful 47 acres that I had ever seen. A place so beautiful as to impress every literary person with its ties to mystery, mystic, and myth.

We found the trail.

Alex and I headed toward the ocean’s coast. Along the way, we found a sign indicating a pine trail. The trail ran along a bubbling stream, and on either side were ferns, vines, and pines. Various birds chirped over our heads, and we crossed paths more than once with busy bumblebees.

Eventually the trail widened. And when I looked over the stream, I suddenly knew why the Irish believed in fairies. The beauty surrounding the fallen pines over the stream, the plants growing over them to provide shade underneath, and the vines crawling over it all were a piece of paradise.

We found the fairy’s home.

Common Beliefs about Irish Fairies

Fast-forwarding a few days, I went to my bookshelf and cracked open the Barnes & Noble collector’s edition to A Treasury of Irish Fairy and Folk Tales. The introduction and the first chapter are what inspired me to write about the fairies today.

Expecting something dry and boring, I found myself pleasantly surprised at the lighthearted and humorous writing. At the same time, I found the tales forbidding and sinister. Although, they did explain why Tinkerbell could be so evil and cunning. Let me clarify:

  • Fairies dislike being spoken about, and will attack those who talk too much.
  • They do favors for the kind people, but give trouble to the bad people.
  • Irish fairies can grow and shrink to any size.
  • Fairies sing beautifully, attracting young girls to their deaths.
  • They have three holidays in the human year.
  • Irish fairies fight like a whirlwind and love like there’s no tomorrow.

When the Irish people do refer to these magical creatures, they refer to them as the good folk (a.k.a. daoine maithe). This way everyone can live peaceably together.

Why the English Fairies Went Away

Once upon a time – in a time that I have yet to learn – the English people would speak about fairy tales. The place that people would eventually call Great Britain created the tale about leaving milk outside on the windowsills for the fairies.

“So, where did the English fairies go? What made the British people stop talking about them?”

Study and reason, said the Irish book on folk tales. According to the book’s introduction, the English turned toward religion and reason and forgot about fairies, for the churchmen called the beliefs heretical.

Irish literature harshly and humorously mimicked the Protestant pastors, telling of churchmen who questioned their congregations about how many “gods” were in the land. The old Irish answered honestly – many gods, if you include the good folk. Only the Irish remained true to the fairies’s realm in myth and lore.

Mary Loves the Fairies Too

One day, when Alex and I have saved all our pennies, we will visit Great Britain and make a side trip over to the great green land of Ireland. There we shall truly learn if the children know and believe anything about the fairies in the surrounding woods.

Like many American millennial women and our daughters, we remain true to our wish to believe in fairies, even the mean ones. For in every girl’s heart is the desire for something beyond the common, something mystical and magical. Fairies fit the ticket.