AUSTIN GHOST TOURS AND HAUNTED TEXAS AND BEYOND will be at this event on our 9 day journey to Ireland October 29 – November 7, 2023
Púca, celebrated over three nights in Athboy, Drogheda and Trim is a brand-new festival to celebrate the ancient Irish feast of Samhain, aka Halloween.
Púca is a new festival celebrating Ireland as the original birthplace of Halloween. Vibrant and contemporary in feel but strongly rooted in tradition, Púca will take place in three locations across Meath and Louth from Oct 31 to Nov 2, 2023.
The festival has been developed by Fáilte Ireland in partnership with Meath and Louth County Councils to claim ownership of this internationally celebrated event and to tell the story of Halloween’s origins in Irish and Celtic traditions with a view to encouraging more international visitors to visit Ireland during October and November.
Ireland’s Ancient East will play host to the newly established contemporary and inspiring Púca Festival which is designed to capture the original and authentic spirit of Samhain across three breath-taking nights of music, food, light and spectacle.
Some highlights of Púca will include:
– The Coming of Samhain at Athboy will kick start the festival on 31st October recreating the symbolic lighting of the Samhain fires.
– The walls of stunning and ancient Trim Castle and St. Laurence’s Gate, in Drogheda, will come alive after dark with some of the best projection artists in the world, including Seb Lee Delisle, Algorithm, Illuminos, and Ronan Devlin.
– Three festival hubs – Athboy, Drogheda and Trim – will play host to Ireland’s best established and up and coming names in music, including Lisa O’Neill, David Keenan, DJ KORMAC and Jerry Fish.
– The Púca Food and Craft Market, in Trim, will offer up tasty treats and traditional handicrafts to satisfy Halloween appetites.
Orla Carroll, Director Product Development in Fáilte Ireland said: “Púca brings together the most breathtaking elements of entertainment and history to create a festival that will be an unforgettable celebration of Ireland as the birthplace of Halloween.”
“Our new festival, Púca, will deliver just that, with its distinctive program of events that has something for everyone. We are excited to see Púca brought to life in October and are committed to developing it into a world-class festival that positions Ireland as the home of Halloween internationally over the next number of years.”