Some Halloween Events 2019

By Richie

It’s almost Halloween and this year there are some interesting events that your kids might like! CreepyTown Venue: The Helix. What is it? CreepyTown returns to the Helix this October. It is an event presented by TheatreworX Productions and is designed with family in mind. It is approximately an hour long and is interactive. It…

Halloween Origins

By Richie

Before I get into this post I must inform you that I am well aware that we are currently only 7 months into the year! So why a post about Halloween? Well….WHY NOT! I have always been fascinated with the ‘origins’ of ghostly tales and ‘spooky ‘myths and, living on the island of Ireland, I…

The Pooka

By Richie

Ok! Before we get into this spooky legend we must take a look at the name….Pooka. There are many different spellings, for example, Puka, Phuca, Plica, Pookha. These are all acceptable. Now, what is it? A Pooka is a shape-shifter that is commonly seen in the form of a dog, goat, rabbit or even an…

The Sí Gaoithe or Fairy Wind

By Richie

The story of the Si Gaoithe or ‘Fairy Wind’ (pronounced: She Gwee) is not particularly spooky but it has been told many times and actually witnessed time and time again throughout the Irish landscape. The most famous of the stories tells of a woman, Mrs. Hayes, who was taken by fairies while she was out milking…

The Dullahan

By Richie

This week we will take a look at an all familiar tale. The Dullahan is Ireland’s very own Headless Horseman. The horseman is usually depicted as a male but some stories have been passed down showing the rider as a woman. In true Headless Rider fashion, the head is always carried beneath the arm and…

The Banshee

By Richie

This week we will talk about one of the most famous (or infamous) Irish legends….The Banshee. A banshee is a female spirit in Irish mythology who heralds the death of a family member, usually by wailing, shrieking, or keening. The word banshee comes from the Irish bean sí (pronounced ban-shee) which translates as woman of…