Latest News & Events
Spirits of Meath Halloween Festival
10 October 2014
It can be proven that Meath, the Royal County is where Halloween began and we are going back to our roots with a thrilling line up of events from Haunted Spooktacular to Farm phobia Experience at Causey Farm, family events including Fancy Dress Breakfast Partys, Treasure Hunts to Friendly Witch Story Telling and Song.
Samhain, the ancient Celtic Festival that we now call Halloween, originated here in Co. Meath more than 2,000 years ago. Samhain marks the end of the old Celtic Year and the beginning of the New Year. The Celts believed that this was a time of transition, when the veil between our world and the next came down, and the spirits of all who had died since the last Oíche Shamhna (Night of Samhain) moved on to the next life. One of the main spiritual centres of the ancient Celts was located on top of the hill of Tlachtga, now called the Hill of Ward, one mile east of Athboy, Co. Meath. The druids felt that this world and the other world were closest at Tlachtga. It was here on the festival of Samhain that the sacred fire was kindled. It was custom of the Druids to assemble on Tlachtga on the eve of Samhain and that a fire was lit on which offerings were made. All the fires in Ireland were quenched on this night and the men of Ireland were forbidden to relight them except from the fire of Tlachtga. The lighting of the sacred fire was a solemn and sacred ritual. This was the first day of winter and death was very close. The spirits of the dead returned and appeared to men. Torches were lit from this sacred fire and carried to seven other hills around the county including Tara and Loughcrew, and then on to light up the whole countryside.
Ideally located to sample the spooky goings on around Meath this Halloween, The Headfort Arms Hotel in Kells ahev soem great rates for those looking to experience a memorable Halloween.
There is a fantastic programme of events lined up for the Spirits of Meath Halloween Festival from October 17th to November 2nd. The scary attractions at Causey Farm's Farmaphobia and Grove Gardens' Haunted Spooktacular draw visitors from all over Ireland - and Headfort Arms are the closest hotel accommodation to both events.
There are also dozens of family events to choose from during the Festival. Headfort Arms are hosting a free Storytelling & Song With A Friendly Witch Event in The Courtyard at 3pm on Monday October 27th and a Childline Breakfast Together Fundraising Fancy Dress Event in The Kenlis Suite from 10am to 12 noon on Friday October 31st.
For adults, they have a Spooktacular Halloween Gourmet Wine Night with Tasting Menu & Wine Experts from 7pm on Friday October 24th in the Vanilla Pod Restaurant and a Halloween Fright Night in Live Nite Club on Saturday October 25th.
View the full Spirits of Meath programme here.
Celebrate Halloween in Meath where it all began!
Other Recent News
As we draw to the close of another Summer season, one town in Ireland is only beginning with it's festivals! The beautiful town of... » read more
Spray a little Baltimore joy on your trip to Cork and spend a few hours with Tracy Turnblad as she realises her dreams to dance... » read more
... » read more
Originating from Kells … one of the most enthralling live acts in recent times, HamsandwicH are well known for their incendiary... » read more
The organisers of the Armada Festival of Music and Dancing in County Clare have announced further development of... » read more
Following a hugely successful and award-winning inaugural event last summer, the Hay Festival Kells is back with an even bigger and... » read more
This coming June Bank Holiday weekend, Ireland's largest and most popular Garden Festival swings into life. Bloom in the Park is held... » read more
The Great Carvery Competition will again this year seek to find the best Carverys that the country has to offer . . . but they need your... » read more
HIDDEN VILLAGE & CARN NEILL WALKMeeting Point: Londonderry Arms Hotel, CarnloughRegistration: 10.... » read more
Duncan Stewart Launches the Kells Heritage Audio Guide - 23rd April 2014The rain held off and there were moments of pure... » read more
Latest Offers » View All
Receive our 10% discount card when you sign up for our newsletter.