Tag Archives: Stingy Jack

The Legend of Jack O’ Lantern

Every October, carved pumpkins begin to peer out from porches and doorsteps. These orange coloured fruits inscribed with ghoulish faces and illuminated by candles are a sure sign that the Halloween season has begun. However this was not always the … 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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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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Tlachtga and the Sacred Flame

As previously mentioned the flame which re lit every fire across the country at Samhain came from Tlachtga. Tlachtga or the Hill of Ward as it is now known named after a former owner from the 17th century was once … Continue reading

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Countdown to Samhain 2013

It only seems like a short while since I was writing some Samhain related stuff for last year. Well this year I hope to expand a bit more with some more Irish related posts. Last year I wrote about Stingy … Continue reading

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