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Tuesday 7 February 2023 Dublin: 6°C

# samhain

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# samhain
Quiz: How well do you know these Halloween traditions?
Test your knowledge.
# puca
Ireland to take 'ownership' of Halloween for new festival
The festival has funding for three years and is inspired by Irish mythology.
# ancient east
'An iconic, bucket list experience': Major international Halloween festival set for Meath this year
Fáilte Ireland wants to attract a further 100,000 visitors to the country through the festival as part of the Ancient East initiative.
Voices
Irish Halloween traditions: 'A salt herring, eaten before bed, would ensure that one’s future spouse would appear in a dream'
Archivist Jonny Dillon talks us through some of Ireland’s most interesting Halloween traditions from through the years.
# samhain
So, the new Sabrina on Netflix absolutely butchers the pronunciation of the word 'Samhain'
Eh, come again?
Voices
The Irish For... Some spooky Irish words to get you in the mood for Samhain
Darach Ó Séaghdha talks us through the meaning of some spooky words like Cendail, a collective noun for the heads of one’s decapitated enemies.
# lunch crunch
Poll: Do you plan on dressing up for Halloween?
Give it to us straight. Be honest.
# Roll with it
Liam Gallagher gig at Kildare airport gets go-ahead over objections of residents
Liam Gallagher is set to headline the Samhain festival at Kildare’s Weston Airport at the end of the month.
# history of halloween
'Samhain was an obvious time to commemorate the dead'
A historian talks us through some Halloween traditions, from preparing the house for spirits to trick or treating.
# oiche shamhna
Quiz: The true or false quiz of Halloween's weirdest facts and traditions
Trick or treat?
Voices
Column: Embrace your inner zombie – eat some pumpkin brains
Once you’ve scooped out Jack’s brains and carved a face on him don’t throw out what’s left over – it’s immensely edible and nutritious.
Voices
Column: A proper Halloween Festival in Ireland could have astounding economic benefits
Ireland is missing out on a key cultural and tourism opportunity by not fostering and encouraging a much larger and more evolved international cultural festival centred around Irish history and mythology, writes TD Catherine Murphy.
# Halloween
Take a tour of Ireland's most haunted spots...
Wondering how to frighten the living daylights out of yourself for the rest of the weekend? Check out these scary tours and spooky spots.