Ireland’s long history is riddled with ancient mythology and folklore. Ireland’s ancient societies, the Druids and the Celtics, believed in the power of magic and many of these beliefs spread to modern day legends told again
and again across the country. Stories of warriors with all the knowledge of the world, fairies playing pranks on farm owners and leprechauns hiding their gold at the end of a rainbow add to the mysterious appeal of Ireland.
10. The Banshee
The Banshee was a woman who carried with her an omen of death. Sometimes you saw the Banshee as an old woman dressed in rags, sometimes you saw her as a young and beautiful girl and sometimes you saw her as a wash woman, ringing out bloody clothing
. Whenever she was seen, she let out a horrible cry and legend has it this cry brought death to any family that heard it. King James I of Scotland thought he was approached by a Banshee. Shortly after, he died at the Earl of Atholl.
The Pookas are a certain type of fairy- one bent on creating havoc in the mortal world. The Pooka appeared at night across rural Ireland and the seaboard. On a good day, the Pooka would cause destruction on a farm- tearing down fences and disrupting the animals. On a bad day, the Pooka would stand outside the farmhouse and call the people outside by name. If anyone came out, the Pooka would carry them away. The Pookas also loved to mess with the ships pulling away from Ireland, and were blamed for many shipwrecks along the rocky coast.
As legend has it, female fairies often give birth to deformed children. Since the fairies prefer visually pleasing babies, they would go into the mortal world and swap with a healthy human baby, leaving behind a changeling. While the changeling looked like a human baby, it carried none of the same emotional characteristics. The changeling was only happy when misfortune or grief happened in the house. The changeling legend has lasted for centuries. William Shakespeare talks of a changeling in his play, “A Midsummer’s Night Dream.” Three hundred years later, Scarlett O’Hara believed Rhett Butler’s illegitimate child was a changeling in “Gone with the Wind.”
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10. The Banshee
7. Dagda’s Harp
6. The Children of Lir
5. St. Patrick
4. The Shamrock
3. Finn MacCool
These list videos are complied by someone else and then a presenter reads them. I could tell my his smirk he knew 'Celtics' was a nonsense term. You can see many videos on YT where it sounds like an Asian person has written it, only to get an American voice actor to do the voice.
As an Irish person, this is dreadful. Your research is terrible. You're mispronouncing names that could easily be googled to hear the real pronunciation and you're completely changing the important details and narratives of some of these stories. When I heard Aoife(Eee-fah) being pronounced like "ay-fee" I nearly died laughing.😂 Should be ashamed!
This video is unbelievably wrong on so many levels, you can't just spell Irish words how they sound in English and almost all of the legends were very wrong, everyone has a different way of telling the story(i think every Irish person knows this) but the storys you told are totally worng. You definitely should do better research on your topics how many other videos have the wrong information in them??
Who's AYFEE??? Oh lololol, I think you mean Aoife,pronounced "Eefah" don't you?Best learn to pronounce it properly as it has become a very popular girl's name in recent decades and there are now loads of Aoifes in Ireland!
This man is wrong the real thing Finn Maccool did is he was a gaint he threw a piece of iron into the sea to restore the power and knowledge of humanity and he stabbed his own spear in his face to survive the awaken monster to save a City he was a hero
Lemondrop- Snakes are reptiles and cold-blooded.It's too cool here for them to survive. Sure we hardly ever get warm, sunny dry days and we haven't had a proper summer since 2013 and before that, 2006! All we get is rain, rain, rain!
Love your vids (both channels) but there is (at least) 2 different versions of most Irish myths having had the majority co-oped and adapted by the christian monks. The Finn MacCool section is way off however as it was not him but his master who caught the Salmon of Knowledge and Finn was instructed to watch it as it cooked, a boil appeared on the fish and Finn indeed burst it with his thumb etc but the devil is indeed in the details. There is sooooo many omitted but 5 different entries for Faerie, The Hound of Ulster , Balor of the evil eye, The formorian sea deamons etc would all make another video :-D
Damien James O'Farrell I remember my French teacher was OBSESSED with the celts and she told us that the celts never wrote anything down. Everything was sung. So I guess it was like a huge game of telephone and because of that, the legends changed.
Is Simon Whistler an expert on like... anything? Or is he just a bald guy with a British accent?
Someone from Britain should know that "the Celtics" is poor English. He would also probably know that the Earl of Atholl is a person. Atholl is a place. Also King James I of Scotland didn't die in Atholl he died in Perth.
I could more easily forgive this if it weren't for the fact that EVERY video I have seen so far by this channel is rife with inaccuracy.
Faeries are not malevolent creatures, they are simply set in their ways. faerie paths are a main cause of conflict; the fae would use these paths to get through forests or over mountains and glens. if anyone should build on these paths, they would suffer an awful racket of faerie gatherings every night until the next born child in the family was promised to them. a trick was to promise the child and never have any more, therefore the fae would leave off and you wouldn't owe them anything. an example of this is the tale of Joseph McPherson.
I'm Irish and my great grandmother had seen a banshee my grandfather told me the story one day my great grandmother Bella in the middle of world war 1 was up at a graveyard at white rock road (Belfast) when she turned around and seen an old woman she said hello to the woman the woman disappeared but the creepy part is that a few days later she got a telegraph saying that her husband had died.
Like 98% of this vid is inaccurate..the pronoun cations, most of the legends are only half right...I doubt all the other vids posted by top tens now...how on earth does an Irish person not no how to pronounce Aoifa.
XD im sorry but why does everyone think saint partrick driving the snakes out of ireland means actual snakes it actually mean the sinners but their called snakes because of adam and eve and the snake (the devil)
Thanks to the movie The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns. I have become curious about the existence of one Irish critter.
According to the movie, they are a form of tree spirits. But I've been unsuccessful in finding more info on them
I'm sorry but 1.) it's Ireland not Island - say it right and you've butchered most of the names. I know they may be hard to say but at least pronounce easier ones like Banshee correctly. You should be putting an accent on the she so it stands out more *if that makes sense?*
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