This weekend sees the celebration of our favourite Irish pagan holiday Halloween.  Oiche Samhain, as Gaeilge, was traditionally a celebration of summer’s end and the beginning of winter. In Irish myths it was believed that ghosts of the dead returned to earth on October 31. To commemorate the return Druids would build huge sacred bonfires and people would wear masks made from animal heads to ward off the evil spirits. In retrospect Halloween celebrations are still quiet similar. We’ve picked out some of the biggest events happening around the country this weekend which you may be interested in, but we can’t guarantee druids or animal heads:

Dublin

The gothic St.Patrick’s Cathedral are organising a whole host of events this year including a Cathedral Characters tour, a tour of the graves and a Candle lit organ recital. For more information: stpatrickscathedral.ie or if you want to check if you may run into any of your ancestors on the tour you can try checking the Registers of St.Patrick’s Cathedral in advance!

Limerick

Plenty of great events happening in Limerick this year including:

  • Halloween Parade
  • Twilight tour of the People's Park
  • Halloween Horror event at Bunratty Castle

You can find more details in the Limerick Leader.

Galway There is always a great time to be had in Galway so the Halloween should be no exception. Galway Arts Centre are hosting a night of Halloween hi-jinks, Coole Park are hosting a free family event and the Galway Omniplex is hosting a family cinema day.

Westmeath

Athlone Fright Fest takes place for the third year in a row. Highlights include a re-enactment of Michael Jackson's zombie Thriller video in the Civic Square, a Pumpkin Carving and Mask Making workshop in St Mary's Hall and a Spooky Storytelling session in Passionfruit Theatre.

More details can be found in the Westmeath Independent

Kilkenny

A ghost tour will take place in Shankill Castle on Halloween night. The castle has just undergone a mjor paranormal investigation, the results of which will be revealed on the night.

More details can be found on the Shankill Castle website

Enjoy your Halloween!