Oíche Shamhna Shona Daoibh!

Happy Samhain, or Halloween, if you prefer. Here are a few Samhain-related or posts (or just spooky stories) from the archives.

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All About Samhain

‘Tis the time of year to declare Halloween indisputably Irish and credit everything from jack-o-lanterns to trick-or-treating to ancient Celtic practices. But the evidence is sketchy, although interesting…

The Roots of Bonfire and Jack-o-Lantern Traditions

Some of the traditions behind bonfires and Jack-o-lanterns are Celtic, others not so much…


"Zombie" skeleton. Photo (c) Chris Read

“Zombie” skeleton. Photo (c) Chris Read

The Lough-Key Zombies

Excavations near Lough Key Forest Park in Co. Roscommon have revealed the first revenant burials in Ireland, possibly revealing a fear of zombies rising from the dead…


Just What are Banshees, Anyway?

The White Lady of Sorrow is said to haunt the O’Neill family, and their fortress of Shane’s Castle…


Oíche Shamhna Shona Daoibh!




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