The Banshee Cries for the O'Briens
And when he was took ill and in the bed, Johnny Rafferty came in one day, and says he, "Is Anthony living?" and I said he was. "For," says he, "as I was passing, I heard crying, crying, from the hill where the forths are, and I thought it must be for Anthony, and that he was gone." And then Ellen, the little girl, came running in, and she says, "I heard the mournfullest crying that ever you heard just behind the house."
And I said, "It must be the Banshee."
And Anthony heard me say that where he was lying in the bed, and he called out, "If it's the Banshee it's for me, and I must die today or tomorrow." And in the middle of the next day, he died.
The legend, as a genre, lends itself to this sort of story. Folklorists call it a memorate, a term coined by C.W. von Sydow to mean a story relating a person's own experience or encounter with the supernatural. So while the teller of this tale didn't actually see the Banshee, it's still her experience of the encounter.
Oh, it's worth noting that a forth in this story is a ring of trees on a mound of earth. These things are all over Ireland, and are thought to be the dwelling place of fairies. They're also called raths.
We'll return to Glassie's works on Irish folklore another day.