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Tuesday 13 November 2018

Get hooked on heritage at Samhain Festival of Fire

Last year’s Samhain festival at Hook Lighthouse.
Last year’s Samhain festival at Hook Lighthouse.

The Samhain Festival of Fire takes place on the grounds of Hook Lighthouse from Saturday, October 27, to Monday, October 29.

On Saturday, Sunday and Monday evening from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. `Evenings of Fire' based on the ancient tradition of Samhain of extinguishing old and lighting anew will take place. Age-old tales of Samhain will be shared by 'Druids' around the circles of fire at Hook Lighthouse.

Families are invited to gather around the blazing fire baskets beneath the ever-present beam of the 800-year-old lighthouse to hear stories of druids and ancient Irish Samhain customs and heritage. A family evening with children's entertainment and Halloween stories lies in store.

These events are free of charge and no pre-booking is required.

During the evening special ghastly lantern-lead Halloween tours only for those who like the ghoulish and 'spooky' will be on offer from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Venture into darkness as you ascend the 115 steps of the lighthouse tower for a night-time view of the graveyard of 1,000 ships, explore the original keepers' quarters and learn about the ghostly tales behind Hook Lighthouse and its grounds, including the paranormal experiences of previous guests and staff.

Atmospheric lighting and creepy nooks and crannies along the way create an experience, which is not for the faint-hearted. These tours are suitable only for the brave hearted. Pre-booking is advised and available at hookheritage.ie.

Wexford People

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