GHOST estates and ghost towns have now become the norm in modern Ireland, but this weekend promises to delight the public with a few more eerie experiences.
So, how about a ghost bus tour of Limerick or a tour of the People’s Park under the fall of darkness? This Bank Holiday weekend a series of events are being held to celebrate Halloween.
On Saturday, the Limerick art collective ‘Gothicise’ have teamed up with the Limerick City Council to present ‘A Haunting’ – a celebration of the Victorian past of the People’s Park for all ages.
The free event will start with a children’s treasure hunt from 1pm to 3pm, and everyone is invited to wear fancy dress for a Hallowe’en parade at 2pm. There will be a special prize for the best Victorian themed costume.
As darkness falls there will be a twilight tour of the park for adults, courtesy of Limerick Civic Trust, together with a ‘haunting’ of the Park.
“Visit outside the park in the evening to see spooky projections of old images of the Park overlaid on its present structures” encourage the organisers.
Limerick Printmakers will hold a ghost bus tour finishing at the Limerick Boat Club, where they will host their annual Hallowe’en Ball.
Tracy Fahey of Gothicise said it is an “appropriate time to blur the borders separating the living and the dead.”
Also, the annual Halloween Holiday Horror event at Bunratty Castle takes place on Bank Holiday Monday from noon to 6pm.
Visitors can expect to be once again frightened by the Creepy Crypt in the basement of the castle.
Characters such as Dracula, Frankenstein and Freddie Kruger and other monsters will lie in wait, ready to greet visitors.
New this year will be the visit to the Loop Head Farmhouse, Shannon Farmhouse and West Limerick Farmhouse where the public will be met by “witches telling scary stories, while they cast spells over boiling cauldrons”.
You can also have your fortune told by their resident fortune teller, and see some magic tricks performed. John Ruddle, chief executive of Shannon Heritage, said: “As part of the spine chilling, fear wrenching features during the event, visitors will be encouraged to come face to face with a tarantula spider, just one of an array of scary creatures making a guest appearance.”
However, to prevent real horrors from occurring the National Standards Authority of Ireland are advising that the purchase and use of fireworks is illegal in Ireland, and to report dangerous firework activity to their nearest garda station. “Halloween is an exciting time for our children, but there are a number of safety issues that Limerick consumers need to be aware of especially surrounding the illegal purchase and use of fireworks,” said Maurice Buckley, CEO of the NSAI.