Púca Festival

A Darker Side to Ireland's Ancient East!

If you’re looking for something to get the entire family involved in over Halloween… Puca Festival is the ideal outing, and a great way to explore locations in County Meath & Louth. Who doesn’t love a bit of spooking around Halloween!

Spread out over 3 nights, October 31st to November 2nd, there’ll be plenty of activities across the sites of Ireland’s Ancient East.

A Feast for the Senses

Samhain, traditionally a time of feasting and gathering to see out summer and prepare for winter, Puca Festival will of course similarly involve your fair share of feasting, as well as music, lights, and celebration.

Spend some time in Athboy for a spiritual and historical retelling of the original Halloween Story – something to get you in the spirit – or soak up the culture in one of Ireland’s oldest towns with a 3-day festival in Drogheda. Or transport yourself to the gorgeous grounds of Trim Castle for 3 spectacular nights of music, food and much more.

Some of the music you can expect during the festival could be described as some of the country’s most exciting up and coming acts, such as  Lisa O’Neill, David Keenan, DJ KORMAC, and the long renowned Jerry Fish.

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Soothe your Sweet Tooth

We all have a sweet tooth at Halloween, right?! So don’t worry… The Púca Food and Craft Market in Trim will offer tasty treats and traditional handicrafts to satisfy Halloween appetites.

Puca Festival is the ideal excuse for a little mini-break to Ireland’s Ancient East, and with something, the whole family, young and old, will enjoy… there’s a fab weekend in the making!

For all info on highlights and things not to miss, check out a round-up below.

Athboy

The Coming of Samhain
Thursday 31 October, 5pm – Fair Green, Athboy. Free but ticketed.
A stunning 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

Puca Halloween Night
Thursday 31 October
Púca Festival opens with a spectacular series of immersive promenade events that commemorate Samhain and the beginning of the darker half of the year…

Samhain Procession
Thursday 31 October, 5.45pm – 7.00pm. Free to join.
Gather on the streets of Trim as dusk falls to join the Spirits’ procession as it weaves its way through the streets to the Púca playground at the Castle.

Arrival of the Spirits
Thursday 31 October – Saturday 2 November, Trim Castle, 7pm onwards. Free but ticketed.
Meet the original spirits of Halloween in this dramatic Festival opener and greet some very special Festival guests into the atmospheric surrounds of Trim Castle.

Púca Light Spectacular
Thursday 31 October – 2 November. Nightly from 6pm. Admission Free.
The grounds at Trim Castle come to life each night with a host of illuminations and interactive interventions – from aerialists and Púca performers to castle projections to laser shows.

Púca Food and Craft Market
Thursday 31 October – 2 November in Trim from 2pm
A wonderful showcase of local producers in the grounds of Trim Castle.

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Trim Castle Concerts

A huge part of the festivities is dancing the night away! With that in mind, there are plenty of great contemporary Irish acts that will be giving their best across the festival. Performances will be happening nightly from 8 pm-11 pm. The very best in contemporary Irish music gigging for three massive entertaining nights, including:

Jerry Fish’s Púca Sideshow
Thursday 31 October
Jerry resurrects his hugely popular Electric Sideshow – a wicked night of Halloween entertainment.

Just Mustard + Pillow Queens + AE MAK
Friday 1 November
Breaking Tunes Púca Nite with some of Ireland’s best music-makers

KORMAC + Irish Chamber Orchestra
Saturday 2 November
Acclaimed beatmaker and performer, Kormac brings his incredible multimedia Equivalent Exchange with his Big Band and the Irish Chamber Orchestra.

Drogheda

Shadows Of The Tain (Táin Bó Cuailgne)
Thursday 31 October & Friday 1 November, Old Mollies, Drogheda. 8 pm. Tickets €15
Immerse yourself in the fight between Ferdiad and Cúchulainn, and join Queen Medb and her Connacht forces as they invade Ulster at Samhain, in a unique re-telling by Candlelit Tales of the Irish Epic, Táin Bó Cuailgne.

Haxan
Friday 1 November, Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda.  8 pm. Tickets €12
For this special Púca screening, a new score has been created by Dublin- based musician Matthew Nolan for Benjamin Christensen’s legendary silent horror Häxan (The Witches).

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David Keenan + Sive
Friday 1 November, Crescent Concert Hall, 8 pm. Tickets €20
County Louth’s very own David Keenan is a singer-songwriter whose body of work is steeped in the poetic tradition of old but delivered in such a way that is entirely his own. The eerie and inspiring Sive joins Keenan on the bill with her unique, experimental arrangements.

Lisa O’Neill
Saturday 2 November, Crescent Concert Hall, 8 pm. €15
Lisa O’Neill’s distinctive voice draws you into a surreal world influenced by all that is beautiful and strange in traditional Irish music and beyond.

DROGHEDA – De: LUX
31 October – 2 November, locations to be announced.
Over three nights Drogheda will play host to de: LUX – music and light installations which draw inspiration from tales of Irish folklore and the spirits of Halloween.

For more information, go to: https://www.pucafestival.com

Check out a full list of events here!

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