Samhain: Limerick all set to host Halloween festival with family friendly events

Nick Rabbitts


Nick Rabbitts

Kate Hodmon, Giordana Giache, Martin Shannon, Mayor James Collins and Gerry Kirby at the launch of Samhain in Fab Lab

Kate Hodmon, Giordana Giache, Martin Shannon, Mayor James Collins and Gerry Kirby at the launch of Samhain in Fab Lab

A PARADE of light, a night swim and a lantern making workshop are just three of the events taking place as part of a new Halloween Festival in Limerick.

Lumen Street Theatre has teamed up with Limerick Council and a number of other bodies to develop the Samhain festival, a free, three-day celebration of all things Halloween.

The festival is completely free, with the first event taking place on Thursday, October 25, at FabLab in Rutland Street.

This will see Michael Fortune give a presentation on the origins of Halloween in Ireland.

The Curragower Boat Club will on Friday, October 26, at 5pm, host a lantern making workshop, before a NightSwim, organised by Swimmable Limerick will take place from outside at 6.30pm.

The final day of the festival will see a shadow puppet workshop taking place in City Hall, followed by a dress rehearsal for the main Samhain Parade, which will bring the curtain down on the celebration.

Up to 100 lanterns will be released into the River Shannon, providing a spectacular vista on the dark October night.

Its aim is to “banish the darkness and remember the souls of loved ones” during Halloween.

Speaking at the launch of the festival in FabLab this Monday, Martin Shannon, Lumen Street Theatre, said: “We saw a gap in the market. We wanted to create a festival which is unique, but family friendly. All of the events listed might seem spooky and scary, but they are aimed at children – but adults can come as well! It’s a small festival, but we want it to grow.”

Mayor James Collins said the funding to Lumen was provided from the councillors’ group.

“We all wanted a festival around Halloween. We wanted something which was family friendly, which would appeal to the younger kids – something spooky, but not too scary,” he said.

“We want to create more festivals and events, but we also want to promote the creative people we have in Limerick too. This will be inclusive, but most of all allowing people to have a bit of fun at Halloween,” the mayor added.

All festival events are free, but donations will be very welcome.

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