Púca Festival

3 Nights of music, fire, feasting and mischief across three ancient sites where samhain began.

When light turns to dark and the veil between the worlds of the living and the dead thins, the creatures of Samhain, Ireland’s ancient Halloween tradition, come to life.

Roaming the darkness like a shadowy spectre, the shape-shifting spirit of Púca comes alive! Changing the fortunes of all who cross her path as she transforms the night into a colourful playground of hallowed celebration.

Over three spectacular nights, across three Festival locations we salute the Halloween spirits through folklore, food, myth and music, and light up the night sky with awe-inspiring and unearthly illuminations.

Discover the Tradition

Where Halloween's
Story Begins

In the absence of the three-day music festival this year, Púca Festival recreates the ancient tradition of lighting the first fires of the Celtic new year on the Hill of Ward in Co. Meath.

At the Hill of Ward, the five ancient provinces of Ireland are represented and symbolically reunited in flame. Watch the contemporary reimagining of the Samhain Fires, designed by the Street Theatre Company ‘Luxe’, with accompanying new music by Matthew Nolan, Stephen Shannon and Sive.  ‘Our Darkest Night’ is a wonderful new poem written and performed especially for Halloween 2020 by Stephen James Smith. The performance comes to a spectacular climax with the iconic lighting of the Samhain fires, bringing to close an ethereal night of authentic Halloween magic for everyone to enjoy from the comfort of their homes this Halloween night.

Recent News

Celebrate Halloween this year by enjoying the ancient traditions of Samhain

Celebrate Halloween this year by enjoying the ancient traditions of Samhain

In the absence of the three-day music festival this year, Púca Festival will recreate the ancient tradition of lighting the first fires of the Celtic new year on the Hill of Ward in Co. Meath with a pre-recorded torch-lit procession that will be streamed from 8pm on the Púca Facebook channel on October 31st....read more

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Púca Festival Suspended for 2020

Púca Festival Suspended for 2020

Due to the impact of COVID-19, Fáilte Ireland has made the difficult but unavoidable decision to suspend the Púca Festival for 2020. The National Tourism Development Authority and festival partners Meath County Council and Louth County Council remain committed to hosting the festival next year and will now focus on building awareness of the Púca Festival brand and driving demand for 2021....read more

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Your Guide to Halloween’s Foodie Traditions

Your Guide to Halloween’s Foodie Traditions

Halloween falls as the harvest is finished up and the ancient Celtic new year is celebrated. As you can imagine it is a time packed with food, traditions and superstition! The night of Halloween itself is when charms and incantations are at their most powerful, when people looked into the future and when feasting and merriment were ordained....read more

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Festival Sites

Each of Púca’s three sites brings something special and distinct. Athboy is steeped in the tradition of Samhain nestled next to Tlachtga, Trim is an idyllic small Irish town surrounding a stunning medieval castle, and Drogheda is one of Ireland’s oldest towns flanking the River Boyne which connects it with the two other festival locations.