Wednesday 23 January 2019

Samhain fire festival at Hook Lighthouse

David Looby

A 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 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. for a charge. These tours are suitable for brave adults and braver kids but are not for any one of a nervous disposition. Pre-booking is advised and available on

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