A new three-day festival, Púca, will celebrate Ireland as the original birthplace of Halloween, exploring and evoking ancient tradition in the company of cutting-edge Irish creative talent.  

The event, which will take place in a trio of locations across Meath and Louth from 31 October – 2 November 2019,  has been developed by Fáilte Ireland in partnership with Meath and Louth County Councils to tell the story of Halloween’s origins in Irish and Celtic traditions. 

Highlights for the inaugural event include The Coming of Samhain, which takes place in Fair Green, Athboy on October 31st, a historical and spiritual celebration in the shadow of The Hill of Ward (Tlachtga); the ancient site from which the light of the new year first emanates.

Trim will place host to a series of events on the Halloween night, including a Samhain Procession, an Arrival of the Spirits event in the spooky environs of Trim Castle and a Púca Light Spectacular, which will bring the walls of the castle to life, along with a series of concerts from the likes of Jerry Fish, Pillow Queens and a collaboration between KORMAC and the Irish Chamber Orchestra.

In Drogheda, Shadows Of The Tain, taking place on Thursday 31 October & Friday 1 November at Old Mollies, offers an immersive re-telling by Candlelit Tales of the Irish epic Táin Bó Cuailgne. Elsewhere, musician Matthew Nolan has created a new score for Benjamin Christensen's legendary silent horror Häxan (The Witches), for a special screening at Drogheda Arts Centre, while musicians David Keenan and Lisa O'Neill will play special shows, while over the three nights Drogheda will play host to de:LUX, a series of music and light installations drawing inspiration from tales of Irish folklore and the spirits of Halloween.

The Puca Festival takes place across Meath and Louth from 31 October – 2 November - find out more here.