Samhain

Sharing from my brother’s blog yesterday (with permission of course! ). I’ll admit I’m not a big fan of modern Halloween with the noise and the fireworks but I do love the ancient roots it has in our culture. Harry really knows how to bring history alive and (excuse the sisterly bias here!) you’ll never meet anyone more enthusiastic about our rich history, music and literature.

“Early on the morning of Tuesday, 26th October, 2021, the band Coscán
gathered in the darkness at Slane Castle, Co. Meath. Famous as a venue
for big concerts since 1981, the castle is currently hosting events in
The Púca Festival, a celebration of Halloween that is taking place at
various venues in counties Meath and Louth. Coscán will be playing as
part of the festival at Slane Castle on Sunday 31st October, Halloween
Night. We were there on Tuesday morning to take part in Virgin One’s
Ireland AM programme, which was featuring events in the Púca Festival.

The festival celebrates Ireland as the home of Halloween. While many
people might associate Halloween with American movies and customs, there
is a far older custom of celebrating Halloween, and before that the
ancient festival of Samhain, in Ireland. Irish mythology, medieval
literature, folklore, archaeology and history are full of evidence that
relates to the festivals of Samhain and Halloween.”

Harry has just launched his website recently and will be doing a FREE online workshop next Saturday to talk about the origins of Samhain. Head over to his website to find out more www.harrylongculture.ie.

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