Witches, wiccans, druids and wizards get together at the first Witchcraft festival in Ireland,

The inaugural festival for witches is taking place, offering Ireland’s witches a weekend of talks, workshops, entertainment, exhibitions and a wide variety of stalls catering a wide variety of tastes, as well as a competition for the best cackle.

Rhiannon, a member of the Witchcraft organisation The Children of Artemis is quick to point out that rather than the stereotypical old crone on a broomstick

Witches are ordinary people for the most part.

There are nothing like their depictions in television programmes such as ‘Charmed’ and ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’.

Witches perform magic which, 

Is about using your will, using your mind techniques, mediation and visualisation to cause changes

She is adamant it works.

People always say if you wish for something it might just come true, magic is merely taking that to a slightly more formalised level.

It is possible to become a witch by joining a coven or you can train yourself using specialised books. Author of ‘The Real Witches' Kitchen’ Kate West writes witchcraft for real people using ingredients that can be bought in local supermarkets.

It's about food, and about drink, it's also about incenses, healing lotions, use of natural ingredients to improve your life.

According to Bev Richardson, a hedge witch, what makes a witch different and sets him apart from the rest of the world could be

Being aware of the path I'm walking may be something, being aware of myself as a singularity rather than as a member of a group effort might be something else.

Selling his wares at the Witchfest market is Adge, The Fluid Druid who has a range of altar tools ritual knives and wands of bog oak. Druid James Kelly is selling a compact disc 

Which can teach people to cast their sacred space or cast their circle in the Irish language.

A 'Morning Ireland' report broadcast on 19 May 2003. The reporter is Valerie Cox.