The Flame of Samhain: “Where Halloween Began”
Scary pumpkin faces and ‘Trick or Treat’? Forget what you have heard about Halloween and learn the truth behind this ancient Celtic saga. Feel the spirit and watch the ancient Irish druidic rituals of Celtic New Year Celebration at Tlachtga, The Hill Of Ward, Co. Meath
When the sun’s light wanes and the days shorten and the Earth becomes cold and dark and the harvest is safely taken in. This is when the Celts celebrated their New Year which they called `Samhain`.
According to legend this is the night when the spirits of nature and the souls of the dead walk the Earth and can interact with humans. During darkness between 31st October and 1st November, the ‘Tuatha De Deannan’, who were confined by their Celtic overlords to live under ground, were also free to walk among us and there are many tales of those who have met with misadventure through offending a member of the Tuatha. The fire at Tlachtga and the flames which were spread from this holy place to bring light to the whole land of Ireland on this eve of the New Year, were intended to scare all these otherworldly beings back into their hollow hills. So, mind who you get chatting to tonight – they may not be of this world!
The procession from the Fairgreen in Athboy to Tlachtga on The Hill of Ward is about 2 km – 20 to 30 minutes’ walk at an easy pace, but it is uphill. It will be dark, though the way will be lit with flaming torches. However, paths may be slippery and this is Ireland so dry, calm weather is not guaranteed. We highly recommend suitable sturdy footwear and a good coat for best enjoyment of this event.
- Tour of duration approximately 7-8 hours
- Spacious, fully air-conditioned coach
- Live on-board commentary in English
- Evening meal in a local Hotel in Athboy will consist of
- A welcome drink of mulled wine or non-alcoholic alternative
- Choice of Guinness Irish stew, fish chowder or pumpkin soup, all served with bap/bagel.
- Traditional Halloween brack as dessert will be served with tea or coffee
- You will also receive a luxury edible gift to keep you going on the hill or bring home
Good To Know
- Sturdy footwear and weather-appropriate clothing are essential
- 2,000 – 3,000 humans are expected at this event so prepare for crowds of people and a great atmosphere
- As we must always keep to schedule, guests should be at the arranged meeting point at least 15 minutes before the designated departure time. No refunds can be given for no-shows.
For whom is this tour suitable?
This Halloween Adventure is suitable for young and old and everyone in between who is excited by and able for outdoor adventures in the dark. There will be a certain amount of walking involved, both uphill (2km) and downhill (2km), so participants should be stable on their feet and able to stand for an hour or so as the druids lead the celebrations. Dancing to keep warm is at your own volition.
On the road opposite Shelbourne Hotel, Stephen’s Green 15.45
At the bus bay outside Allied Irish Bank, North end of O’Connell Street 16.00 Reaching Darnley Lodge Hotel, Athboy 17.30
Return to Dublin
Leave Athboy 22.00
Arrival in Dublin
Gresham Hotel 23.00
Shelbourne Hotel 23.15
Oi´che Shamhna sa´sta dhuit o´ Martin J Kelly cuairteanna agus imeachtai´.