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Samhain 19 culminates in DeBarras this year with a Trad session at 7:30pm in the front bar followed by their closing party in the Folk Club at 9:30pm-11:30pm – join us!


The Samhain19 Festival will run from Tuesday, 28th if October until Sunday, 3rd of November. It will be a week long festival full of the most amazing events, music, theatre, performances and dance. The highlight will be a spectacular street parade on Sunday evening through Clonakilty town.

There will be a series of Acoustic Candle Light gigs with musicians and storytellers such as Liam O’Maonlai, Eddie Lenihan, Aindrias de Staic, Anne Marie Hynes, Ye Vagabonds and many more. There will be shows and theatre, talks and amazing events throughout the whole week. The highlight will be a spectacular street parade and after show on Sunday evening through Clonakilty town with creatures, figures and entities from Irish mythology.

Samhain is the Celtic celebration of the ending of light and the beginning of the darker months of the year and the celebration and acknowledgement of life and death. It is believed that at Samhain the veil between this world and the “other” world opens and contact and connection between both worlds are possible.

This year’s theme is “The book of the Dead” and we will be celebrating different aspects and concepts of death and dying and mythologies and beliefs around it.

There will be a curated parade with different sections representing the different aspects and spokes of the Wheel of Death. The parade will be followed by a “Pucca” section where everyone is invited to follow their own interpretation of this years theme and create their own costumes and join the fun.

Come along and celebrate Samhain 19 with us.

Allow yourself to be moved through the veils and enchanted by everything wordly and otherworldly you might encounter.

Samhain 19 is brought to life by Geata Arts, a voluntary, not for profit community arts group.

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