How to Deal With Ghosts at Halloween

EXHIBITION : HALLOWEEN

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The White Witch of Cobh advises on how to deal with ghosts at the Annual World Ghost Convention.

  • Title
    Annual World Ghost Convention
  • 1st Broadcast
    29/10/2010
  • Contributor
    Cian McCormack (Reporter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:01:53
  • Material Type
    Video
  • Series title
    RTÉ News
  • Clip title
    How to Deal With Ghosts at Halloween
  • Extended description

    The return of the dead is a traditional theme at Halloween, when the veil between worlds is said to be thin.

    Reporter Cian McCormack visits Cork City Gaol, where the Annual World Ghost Convention is being held. The convention organisers chose this 19th century building because they believe it has its own resident ghosts. One of the speakers at the convention is Helen Barrett, the White Witch of Cobh, who advises on how to deal with ghosts at Halloween: "the spirits will always leave a room if you chime a bell. Have sea salt if you can".

    Gaol manager Elizabeth Kearns says the convention is "a serious academic evening" while organiser Catherine Courtney wants to raise awareness of the supernatural world because many people who have experienced it would be "afraid or embarrassed to come forward".

  • Information

    A RTÉ News report broadcast on 29 October 2010.

    Halloween (a shortening of All Hallows’ Evening) is a yearly holiday observed around the world on October 31, the night before All Saints' Day incorporates traditions from pagan harvest festivals and festivals honouring the dead, particularly the Celtic Samhain.

    The Annual World Ghost Convention is held every year at Cork City Gaol on the Friday of the October bank holiday weekend.

  • Local keywords
    Halloween, Samhain, Return of the dead, Ghosts, Otherworld, Annual World Ghost Convention, Cork City Gaol, Helen Barrett, White Witch of Cobh, Elizabeth Kearns, Catherine Courtney, Cian McCormack
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland
  • Topic
    National Holidays, Festivals, Anniversaries, Annual Events
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ One
  • Production year
    2010
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    BN10/00302
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    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item colour
    Colour
  • Item sound
    Stereo
  • Aspect ratio
    16:9 (widescreen)
  • Language used
    English (eng)
  • Original language
    English (eng)
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