2016 Media Coverage
- The origins of Halloween This is a really fascinating article about the origins of Halloween in County Meath published by leading archaeology website Ancient Origins. It states: "In an era long passed, all of the fires of Ireland were extinguished at sundown on October 31st and a single blazing bonfire was lit at the epicentre of the annual feast of the dead -Samhain had begun at the Hill of Ward (Tlachtga - near Athboy). The Druidical priests gathered the people together and set places with food offerings for those unseen who had crossed in to the land of the dead. For between the nights of October 31st and November 1st, the barriers between the worlds - which closed the doors of perception throughout the year - would fall away and the dimensions would interact freely with one another. At this time, when the harvest faded and the darker time of winter began, the known and the unknown would meet and dance in the flickering light of the celebratory flames...
- Our Spirits of Meath Halloween Festival has been named by The Irish Times as one of the highlights of the autumn season!
- Summer’s over. But festival season isn’t - The Irish Times
- In Irlanda nel ponte del 1 novembre per un weekend lungo all’insegna di Halloween - Si Viaggia - (Even the Italian travel papers are writing about the Festival)
Worthily to celebrate Samhain , the ancient Celtic festival another name, in County Meath is held Spirits of Meath Halloween Festival from October 15 to November 1, 2016, with events for children and families, all strictly in horror .
- From Samhain to Trick or Treat: discover Halloween on the island of Ireland
- There is something special about Ireland’s Ancient East at Halloween
- Ghosts of Drogheda to appear at the 2016 Spirits of Meath Halloween Festival