PÚCA AT DUNBOYNE CASTLE HOTEL
Since ancient times, the time of year that the light turns to dark has been celebrated in Ireland. It is a moment in time when the rules can be broken as a cavalcade of Púca take to the streets, transforming the night into a playground.
Púca Festival taking place from October 31st - November 2nd will see stunning light installations and performers, playful interactives and awe-inspiring bespoke projections at ancient sites of Ireland’s Ancient East, and a new music festival across unique venues in County Meath and County Louth.
What is happening during Púca?
The walls of stunning and ancient Trim Castle and St. Laurence’s Gate in Drogheda will come alive after dark with some of the best projection artists in the world, including Seb Lee Delisle, Algorithm, Illuminos, and Ronan Devlin.
• Three festival hubs – Athboy, Drogheda and Trim –play host to Ireland’s best established and up and coming names in music.
• The Púca Food and Craft Market in Trim will offer tasty treats and traditional handicrafts to satisfy Halloween appetites.
• The Coming of Samhain at Athboy will kick start the festival on 31st October recreating the symbolic lighting of the Samhain fires.
Some highlights attendees can expect from Púca include:
Shadows Of The Tain (Táin Bó Cuailgne) Thursday 31 October & Friday 1 November, Old Mollies, Drogheda. 8pm. Tickets €15
Immerse yourself in the fight between Ferdiad and Cúchulainn, and join Queen Medb and her Connacht forces as they invade Ulster at Samhain, in a unique re-telling by Candlelit Tales of the Irish Epic, Táin Bó Cuailgne.
Friday 1 November, Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda. 8pm. Tickets €12
For this special Púca screening a new score has been created by Dublin- based musician Matthew Nolan for Benjamin Christensen’s legendary silent horror Häxan (The Witches).
David Keenan + Sive
Friday 1 November, Crescent Concert Hall, 8pm. Tickets €20
County Louth’s very own David Keenan is a singer-songwriter whose body of work is steeped in the poetic tradition of old but delivered in such a way that is entirely his own. The eerie and inspiring Sive joins Keenan on the bill with her unique, experimental arrangements.
Saturday 2 November, Crescent Concert Hall, 8pm. €15
Lisa O’Neill’s distinctive voice draws you into a surreal world influenced by all that is beautiful and strange in traditional Irish music and beyond.
31 October – 2 November, locations to be announced.
Over three nights Drogheda will play host to de:LUX - music and light installations which draw inspiration from tales of Irish folklore and the spirits of Halloween.
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Puca Halloween Night Thursday 31 October
Púca Festival opens with a spectacular series of immersive promenade events that commemorate Samhain and the beginning of the darker half of the year…
Thursday 31 October, 5.45pm - 7.00pm. Free to join.
Gather on the streets of Trim as dusk falls to join the Spirits’ procession as it weaves its way through the streets to the Púca playground at the Castle.
Arrival of the Spirits
Thursday 31 October – Saturday 2 November, Trim Castle, 7pm onwards. Free but ticketed.
Meet the original spirits of Halloween in this dramatic Festival opener and greet some very special Festival guests into the atmospheric surrounds of Trim Castle.
Púca Light Spectacular
Thursday 31 October – 2 November. Nightly from 6pm. Admission Free.
The grounds at Trim Castle come to life each night with a host of illuminations and interactive interventions - from aerialists and Púca performers to castle projections to laser shows.
Púca Food and Craft Market
Thursday 31 October – 2 November in Trim from 2pm
A wonderful showcase of local producers in the grounds of Trim Castle.
Trim Castle Concert
Nightly from 8pm-11pm
The very best in contemporary Irish music join us for three massive entertaining nights, including:
Jerry Fish’s Púca Sideshow
Thursday 31 October
Jerry resurrects his hugely popular Electric Sideshow – a wicked night of Halloween entertainment.
Just Mustard + Pillow Queens + AE MAK
Friday 1 November
Breaking Tunes Púca Nite with some of Ireland’s best music-makers
KORMAC + Irish Chamber Orchestra
Saturday 2 November
Acclaimed beatmaker and performer, Kormac brings his incredible multimedia Equivalent Exchange with his Big Band and the Irish Chamber Orchestra.
The Coming of Samhain Thursday 31 October, 5pm – Fair Green, Athboy. Free but ticketed.
A stunning historical and spiritual celebration in the shadow of The Hill of Ward (Tlachtga); the ancient site from which the light of the new year first emanates.