5 reasons you’ll love the Púca Halloween Festival

Púca Halloween Festival

Want to know why you should come to a supernatural celebration of storytelling, music and food in Ireland's historic Boyne Valley? Read on...

1 It's inspired by Irish folklore

It is said that Halloween is a time of transition, when light becomes dark, the veil between our world and the next comes down and rules can be broken. This is when the Púca comes to life. A púca is a mysterious creature from Ireland's folklore who can change the fortunes of anyone who meets it. It is this spirit of unpredictable energy that inspires the annual Púca Halloween Festival, which takes place in counties Meath and Louth in the heart of Ireland's Ancient East.

2 It takes place in historic locations

The Púca Festival takes place in some of the island of Ireland's most celebrated sites: the Hill of Ward in County Meath, where druids once performed their scared ceremonies; the ruins of nearby Trim Castle, Ireland's largest Anglo-Norman fortress; and the streets of Drogheda in County Louth, one of the island's oldest towns. Over three nights at Halloween, old collides with new as dazzling light shows, musical events and playful interactive experiences are staged in these historic venues.

3 It's in Ireland – the home of Halloween

The Hill of Ward (Tlachtga) in County Meath was one of the earliest sites to host the festival of Samhain, which celebrated the end of the harvest and the beginning of winter. At this sacred place, the Celts extinguished the old year’s flames and lit the ceremonial fire to welcome in the new season. On Halloween Night (31 October), you can be a part of this ancient ritual when you follow the Coming of Samhain procession from the nearby town of Athboy to watch the fires blaze at the top of Tlachtga once more.

4 It's got an amazing line-up of events

Well, it IS Halloween in Ireland, so you should be prepared for anything. Even the sight of three magically projected heads telling ancient stories, laser-generated lightning crackling around Trim's St Mary's Abbey or magical creatures appearing before you as you follow the Faery Trails by the banks of the River Boyne. Púca features a range of exciting events including interactive light shows, innovative storytelling performances, as well as a soundtrack that includes everything from chamber music to electronica, performed by talented musicians in venues around Drogheda and Trim.

5 And the food is great!

The Boyne Valley has become a hub in Ireland's flourishing artisan food scene. And as the Púca Festival is based in Drogheda, Trim and Athboy, it offers the perfect opportunity to sample the craft beers, farmhouse cheeses and locally produced charcuterie that have helped the region make its mark in the culinary world. Of course, while you're here, you must try out some of Ireland's favourite Halloween recipes, such as barm brack (fruit cake) and colcannon (mashed potato, cabbage and lashings of butter). These foods often contain items that can foretell your future such as a ring (married in a year) or a coin (wealth) so chew with caution!

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