Limerick Halloween festival Samhain moves online for 2020

Limerick’s popular Hallowe’en festival, Samhain, is moving online this year in association with Lumen Street Theatre.

The festival is taking place from October 29th to October 31st and will feature a series of virtual workshops and storytelling for kids and adults.

Samhain celebrates Limerick heritage and traditions surrounding Hallowe’en with community involvement and public participation at its core.

Councillor Elisa O’Donovan said: “Samhain is a highlight of the year for us in Limerick. Lumen Street Theatre have created a special festival that Limerick people have utterly taken to their heart.”

In previous years, Samhain has been known for its extravagant parades through Limerick’s Medieval Quarter with elaborate puppets and costumes.

Lumen Street Theatre are presenting a series of online workshops this year from their website.

Workshops include lantern crafting, mask making and costume design.

Lumen Street Theatre said: “Outreach and workshops are core to the festival since its inception and we wanted to continue this tradition in 2020.”

Lanterns are a key component of Samhain’s light filled parade, carried by many of the parade’s participants. 

Lumen will also demonstrate how to create unique masks from a basic template using items found in your family home to encourage recycling.

Councillor Sarah Kiely said: “The mask making workshops I took part in are suitable for all ages, including the young at heart! I was so impressed by what was created in a very short time with the help of the Samhain team giving very clear direction.”

International storyteller bestselling author, Steve Lally will return again this year with his renowned tales from Irish Folklore.

Limerick’s Death Café will also be going virtual this year for Samhain Festival with a Zoom Meeting celebrating finite human lives, mortality and cake.

Other collaborators this year include Limerick Youth Theatre, Limerick School of Art and Design and Folklore lecturer, Billy Mag Fhloinn.

Photo Credit: Undertaker’s Hat by Brendan Gleeson (

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