Category Archives: Samhain

Spooktacular 2015

Today is the first day of October, which marks the countdown to my absolute favourite time of the year, Samhain/Halloween. For the last couple of years, my Ruinhunting activities tend to die off during the month, mainly due to poor … Continue reading

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An Púca, A faerie Ghost.

Well its finally that time of year, Oíche Shamhna Shona Daoibh. So today I will share with you the history of one of the most menacing or beneficial creatures to be found in Irish Mythology. The Pooka or in Gaelic … Continue reading

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Countess Dracula

Continuing on from last weeks Vampire Hunt which I wrote last years whilst exploring the Bram StokerFestival for the thefairytaletraveler.com. As part of the festival there were a number of street performances two of which I was really impressed with, in … Continue reading

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Turnips, Pumpkins and a man called Jack…..

We can blame our American friends for keeping this tradition alive, although much of our Samhain celebrations have been commercialized and corrupted over the years, a flicker of truth which lies just beneath the surface of Halloween can tell a … Continue reading

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Bram Stoker

So to kick things off on the run up to Halloween, I thought were better to start with, than the master of gothic Horror and creator of the infamous Dracula, Bram Stoker. Although Bram did not live long enough to … Continue reading

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Here it comes….. Samhain 2014

So it’s that time of the year again, and the Countdown to Samhain begins, right here. To celebrate my favourite time of the year, I am planning a number of posts with a Halloween theme. Halloween is a relatively new … Continue reading

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Dark Moon Samhain

I was recently invited by an old friend Con Connor to attend the Dark Moon celebration on Samhain up on Tlachtga, Samhain is the equivalent of a New Year celebration and was held in high esteem by our Celtic ancestors. … Continue reading

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Bram Stoker Festival Part 2: Countess Dracula

Part 2 of my recent encounters at the Bram Stoker Festival. This time a captivating performance by the ‘Angels of the Odd. Telling an original tale about an imaginary connection between Stoker and the Blood Countess Erzebet Bathory, whom appears to him in … Continue reading

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Bram Stoker Festival Part 1:The Vampire Hunt

Well this is my first time to write for another blog, and what a way to start. Please join me as I take you on a journey through the streets and back alleys of Dublin’s fair city, from Cathedral to … Continue reading

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Vampires take over Dublin

”She lives beyond the grace of God, a wanderer in the outer darkness. She is “vampyr”, “nosferatu”. These creatures do not die like the bee after the first sting, but instead grow strong and become immortal once infected by another … Continue reading

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