How to Deal With Ghosts at Halloween


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

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    Annual World Ghost Convention
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  • Contributor
    Cian McCormack (Reporter)
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    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.

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    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
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  • Topic
    National Holidays, Festivals, Anniversaries, Annual Events
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    RTÉ One
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    16:9 (widescreen)
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    English (eng)
  • Original language
    English (eng)