All Blog Posts Tagged 'Halloween' (8)

The Wake That Woke the Dead

I’ve heard of life imitating art, but the only time I ever saw death imitating it was at Samuel John MacPherson’s wake…

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Added by Colm Herron on October 24, 2016 at 8:00am — 9 Comments

Toasting Halloween with Traditional Irish Barmbrack

The word "Halloween" owes its origin to the ancient Celtic harvest feast called Samhain, which occurred on the eve of the Celtic New Year, November 1. Several foods are traditionally eaten…

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Added by Margaret M. Johnson on October 21, 2014 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

The Apparition

It was Samhain, the eve of the Celtic New Year -- the night when the veil between worlds was parted. The night when the spirits could commune with earthly mortals. As a child, he had often heard the tales told around the fireside but as he grew older he dismissed them as harmless ghost stories.                                                            …

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on October 19, 2014 at 6:00am — 3 Comments

Halloween: It's a Celtic Feast!

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Added by Mike McCormack on October 14, 2014 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

Ireland – The Birthplace of Halloween

It seems to me people start Halloween the first of October. They claim it has overtaken Christmas as the best holiday of the year. Approximately 100 countries celebrate Halloween…

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Added by Dee Notaro on October 1, 2014 at 5:30am — 3 Comments

Halloween A-BOO! Joe McGowan Chats About Halloween Traditions in Ireland

The following is a transcript taken from the LIVE members' chat hosted here at TheWildGeese.com on Thursday, October 31, 2013 with County Sligo historian and author (and fellow Wild Geese member), Joe McGowan.  Joe's website and …

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Added by The Wild Geese on October 31, 2013 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

Daring IRA Helicopter Escape, Halloween 1973

On 31 October (Halloween), 1973, the IRA used a hijacked helicopter to free three of its members from Mountjoy Jail in Dublin.  Below is a video clip from RTÉ's archives which shows the footage from the aftermath of this daring escape:

Added by Ryan O'Rourke on October 31, 2013 at 11:39am — 1 Comment

Discuss Halloween Origins and Traditions with Author Joe McGowan

 

This Thursday, October 31st (Halloween), members of The Wild Geese will have the chance to join in on a LIVE community chat with author and historian, …

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Added by The Wild Geese on October 29, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments

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