Tag Archives: Samhain

Samhain 2015

As the tide of winter approaches at an unworldly speed, there is an ever increasing sense of magic in the air, which you will only encounter at this time of year. Ok so the dark mornings and evenings can be … Continue reading

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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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Little Monsters – Monochrome Madness Challenge

With Halloween officially over and the floodgates for Christmas well and truely open. I decided to use a recent shot from Halloween for this weeks challenge. Many of you will be familiar with these three little monsters, but for those … 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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The Werewolves of Ossory 

And now just in time for Halloween, allow me to share with you a Werewolf Legend from Ireland.  There are numerous stories of werewolves in Ireland throughout the centuries but, today I will share with you just one. Nobody really … Continue reading

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The Wizard of Kilkea Castle

Kilkea Castle has a long history which spans back to 1181AD when a Norman Knight Walter De Riddlesford was said to have built a motte & bailey castle here. Just for continuity Kilkea Castle came into the hands of the … Continue reading

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Ruin hunter to Vampire hunter

Perhaps after last years narrow escape from the clutches of the Vampire, some might think me a bit simple. But yes I am returning to Dublin to experience what this years Bram Stoker Festival has to offer.The festival runs from … Continue reading

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In search of the Werewolf.

The mere mention of the Werewolf for many people will conjure up images of a cursed soul whom is destined to turn into a monster under the full moon and hunt for human flesh to satisfy its uncontrollable hunger.  Much … 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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The Vampire Hunt

As part of the lead-up to Samhain this year and my second time to explore Gothic Dublin and the Bram Stoker Festival, I thought I might post a number of articles I did for thefairytaletraveler.com last year. So to kick things off, … Continue reading

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