Category Archives: Halloween

Turnip carving? It must be Halloween

I’ve written before about Halloween, citing a spine-tingling poem and stories of children stolen by the good people. I loved this time as a child, that feeling of uncertainty, that strange things could happen on this one night when the … Continue reading

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A story for the night that’s in it – take care on Halloween

They say that the fairies are happiest on Midsummer Eve when the bonfires are lit, but that on Halloween they’re at their gloomiest for it’s the start of the winter. This is the night when the veil between our world … Continue reading

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Halloween – Samhain

Here’s something to frighten the life out of you – a lantern for Halloween in the traditional fashion, hollowed out of a turnip. On display in the Museum of Country Life, Turlough House, Mayo. The door’s on the latch The … Continue reading

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