The Coming of Samhain Procession

  • date

    31 October 2019

  • location

    40 Athboy's Fair Green, Athboy, Co. Meath, Ireland

  • time

    17:00 - 20:00

  • price

    € This event has now passed.

The Hill of Ward (Tlachtga) was a major ceremonial enclosure and one of the earliest sites to host Samhain, the place from which the light of the new year first emanates. The origin of all Irish culture ripples out from earthen mounds at Tlachtga and spreads out across the world. You’re invited to continue the tradition of Samhain at the ancient hill and join us for a historical and atmospheric procession to gather in the shadow of this heritage site.

We assemble in Athboy’s Fair Green at 5pm where we are joined by communities from across Ireland. Our master of ceremonies will initiate proceedings and drummers and storytellers will lead the procession to Tlachtga.

At The Hill of Ward the five ancient provinces of Ireland will be represented and symbolically reunited in flame. Listen to the old traditional Faerie warnings, the naming of the dead, poetry and song in this special Samhain event. The ceremony comes to a spectacular climax with the iconic lighting of the Samhain fires, bringing to close an ethereal night of authentic Halloween magic.

Join us afterwards to warm your bones in the adjacent covering for a unique and intimate evening of traditional music from celebrated Meath fiddle player Bernadette Nic Gabhann.



17.00 – Fair Green / Fairy Ring Starting Point

17:30 – Procession to commence

18:15 – Procession arrive at Hill of Ward

18:30 – Coming of Samhain will commence

19:15 – Fire Installations lit

19:30 – Barn Concert will commence

20:15 – Event finishes



The centre of Athboy town will become a hub of Púca activities on the 31st of October.

Join the local businesses and families at a number of events:


Childrens Púca Halloween Workshops

Athboy Festival Centre 
1-4pm    (8-14 year old)
The story  of Halloween through traditional  games and mischief
– Mask making
– Broomstick making
– Halloween Archeology lessons
Story telling with a musical  twist!

After an afternoon of Púca Halloween crafts the last witch in Ireland; Petronilla de Meath will present Certificates of  “Púca Craft ” to qualified participants of the above workshops.

Athboy Music Tent
Athboy Festival Centre 
8 – 10pm
Live music in celebration of Halloween! Join local bands from 8pm followed by headliners Kern!


A Night of Music
Various pubs across Athboy town centre
9:30 – 11pm
Live  traditional music across 5 Bar venues in Athboy! Take a walk through the bustling town centre of Athboy and sample local music of national acclaim!




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