Experience Halloween in the present day
Now that you know the origins of Halloween in Ireland, how (and where) can you celebrate it today?
It is said that you may well encounter a púca
(Irish for 'spirit' or 'ghost') at Samhain. Bringers both of good and bad fortune, they could present either a help or a hindrance. Shape-changers, the creatures could appear in the guise of horses, goats, cats, dogs, and hares: or they may also take a human form, which includes various animal features, such as ears or a tail.
Bringing the mischevious spirit of the púca into the modern day, Púca Festival celebrates Halloween's ancient traditions with music, food and spectacle at a time when light turns to dark and the veil between realities draws thin. Watch this space for details of the 2020 event which is sure to include feasting, fun and something for everyone.
Standing solitary and exposed to the elements on the Hook Peninsula, the imposing Loftus Hall has a sinister presence when seen from a distance – it only grows more intense as you approach on the long driveway from the road. At the point where the Three Sisters (the Nore, the Suir and the Barrow Rivers) enter the sea, Loftus Hall has for centuries dominated the landscape. The house has a character all of its own and its storied and eventful history is tied up with tales of the supernatural.