The Banshee is a female spirit associated with death. According to Irish mythology, the Banshees are able to foretell the loss of the members of certain ancient families, mainly the O’Neills, Kavanaghs, O’Connors and O’Briens.
This female spirit can appear as an old hag, as a beautiful young woman, or else as a matron: three images that represent the different aspects of the Celtic Goddess of War and Death known as Mor-Rioghain, Badhbh and Macha. The Banshees are not always seen, but their piercing cries can be heard at night as warning of an impending death. Belief in this female spirit is still common in Ireland, and some Irish emigrants hear her cries even abroad.