The Origins of Samhain

The Origins of Samhain

The Origins of Samhain through Folklore, Mythology and Archaeology

Samhain is an important time on the Celtic Calendar that divides the year in two – a point between the lighter half and the darker half (the Summer and the Winter), some believe that Samhain begins the New Year. Whatever you believe we know that when Samhain arrives, the divide between this world and the Otherworld wanes – the veil thins. A special time when the spirits will pass through to this world.

As we know Halloween has its roots in the Irish festival of Samhain. . .
Halloween only began being celebrated around the early to mid 1800’s ! While Samhain is one of the oldest traditions in the world. It very simply touches on a key element of us mere mortals; the relationship between us, the living and our dearly departed, the dead.
So, after all the madness of the modern festival of Halloween, we would love to welcome you to join us and discover the roots of the ancient festival of Samhain.

Joining us for the evening will be storyteller and founder of Coire Sois School of Irish Spirituality, Deirdre Wadding and Treasa Ní Mhurchú archaeologist, storyteller, tour guide and holistic therapist to immerse us into this important festival and tradition. The medium of storytelling is key in a lot of our folkloric heritage, we find links between stories and traditions, the language used and its ability to teach, enhance, remind, unfold and deliver a sense of place and community that is not as readily felt from reading a book.
A guided meditation will also be held for those who’d like to join in.

We are really looking forward to this event – we hope you will be too !

What’s On: The Origins of Samhain through Folklore, Mythology and Archaeology
Date & Time: 12th November 2022. 17:30 – 20:30
Location: Hill of Uisneach N91 R6C9
Tickets: €22.50

We would love you to consider car-pooling – we have many friends across the country that don’t drive but would love to come. . .

If you’d like to learn more about our two special guests, please follow the links:

Deirdre Wadding:
Treasa Ní Mhurchú:



Nov 12 2022


5:30 pm - 8:30 pm



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