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October 24, 2021 24 min

The devil, children and owls - aka the Weird Distractions trifecta. This week, Alex tries to weave through the folklore of the Irish Banshee. Once a former figure in the community, it seems as though it has taken a very unsettling turn to become an entity no one would want to cross paths with. Was the banshee real? Who did the banshee come after? What drag queen does Alex have on the mind? You'll have to tune in and find out! Need a distraction? We got you. 

As discussed in episode 62 about the 215 bodies of Tk'emlups te Secwepemc First Nation children recently found in Kamloops (and counting found in other provinces/locations),  please check out: If you have any additional resources you'd like to share, please email: Listener discretion is advised. Shout out to our Patrons Tom, Angela & Bailey! Thank you for supporting Weird Distractions on Patreon. You can also support the show on Patreon and get monthly bonus episodes, behind the scenes footage, and more! We're also on Buy Me a Coffee if you want to support the show with a one time donation. You can also find us on Redbubble for some Weird Distractions merch. If you want to provide feedback or even your own weird story to be read on air in an upcoming Listener Distractions episode - please email: If you're listening on Apple Podcasts, please consider rating & reviewing! It's the best way to support the show (for free). Thanks for listening!


  • Claddagh Design website – “Ireland’s Best-Known Spirit – the Banshee” – March 12th, 2018.
  • Britannica website – “Banshee” – By the Editors of Encyclopedia Britannica
  • Irelands Eye website
  • Celtic wedding rings website -
  • Your Irish website –
  • YouTube video – “Banshee: Ireland’s Screaming Harbinger of Death | Monstrum” – uploaded by user Storied – September 25th, 2019.
  • Bird Watch Ireland website
  • Ask About Ireland website –
  • Listverse website – “10 Terrifying Tales of Ghosts of the Ancient World” – by Debra Kelly, fact checked by Jamie Fraser – November 1st, 2015
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