The Puca Festival




The Puca Festival



Púca Festival

Púca Festival - Ireland Home of Halloween

Celebrating Ireland as the birthplace of Halloween, Púca Festival is an authentic, immersive, and otherworldly festival. Vibrant, fun, and contemporary in feel but strongly rooted in tradition, Púca takes place in festival hubs Trim and Athboy in County Meath each October.

 

The Púca Festival, Ireland Home of Halloween, working in partnership with Irish artists, seanchaí storytellers, and the local community Púca will showcase the best in contemporary Irish music, spectacle, and performance over four days and five nights in Ireland’s Ancient East.

 

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.

 

Through the spectacular nights at Púca Festival, we salute the Halloween spirits through folklore, food, myth and music reopening the pathways of reflection and celebration carved by travelers over 2,000 years ago.
Discover the Tradition

Embrace the Magic of ‘Samhain - Night Between The Years’ – Our Grand Opening Procession

Visitors were immersed in street performance with local traditional Irish music, celebrating the mystical world of Samhain. ‘Samhain – Night Between The Years’ was an enchanting and magical brand new grand opening procession for Púca Festival 2023. After the procession, the festivities continued at the Barbican Gate of Trim Castle with ‘A Story of Samhain’ and a mesmerising fire display by the Pyro Collective.
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Experience the Grand Closing - 'An Lasadh Suas' (The Lighting)

As Púca Festival 2023 came to an end, visitors gathered at the Fair Green in Athboy, a town steeped in Halloween tradition, for the spectacular ‘An Lasadh Suas’ (The Lighting) closing ceremony.
In this symbolic event, a procession led by a master of ceremonies Damien Dempsey who carried the Tlachtga flame, igniting fire sculptures representing Tara, Loughcrew, Tailteann, and Uisneach. Each landscape’s story was be shared, culminating in the lighting of ‘An Lasadh Suas,’ (The Lighting) setting light to your thoughtful messages, symbolizing ancestral connections to help guide us through this winter.
With the Púca flame ablaze, the celebration continued with music and revelry, inviting Irish diaspora and friends to join in the global merriment. ‘An Lasadh Suas (The Lighting) which culminated the 2023 festival, as we said farewell to another enchanting year.
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Daily Fire Performances and Castle Projections

The exterior walls of Trim Castle were brought to life with the story of Samhain through projections and the amazing Pyro Collective, who performed their captivating fire displays daily at the Barbican Gate of Trim Castle. This high energy fire performance combined the raw energy of tribal drumming with a large scale fire show with a cast of 5 fire performers and 2 drummers.

New Festival Coach Service!

This year we’re delighted to announce a new festival coach service. Let us worry about the logistics while you focus on the fun, our new festival coaches can be purchased as add-ons to your festival ticket and travel from the nearby hubs of Dublin, Drogheda, Mullingar, Kells, Slane and Navan.

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