Carving memories at Limerick’s only Pumpkin Patch

Photo: Aisling O'Connor, Limerick Voice

Limerick’s only pumpkin patch resides at the Curraghchase Garden Centre in Kilcornan Co. Limerick.

The pumpkin patch is home to plentiful pumpkins of all shapes, sizes, and colours, such as green, orange, and white.

With carving tools and helpful staff available you can carve your own at the patch, or take it home for later.

The pumpkin patch also boasts a face-painting and storytelling tent, as well as the spooky tunnel for the braver members of the family.

Photo: Aisling O’Connor, Limerick Voice

One visitor said that it made for a good family day out: “I did think there would be more pumpkins but it was the second last day so I guess that’s expected,” he said.

The visitor in question visited the pumpkin patch with his family on October 30.

“I would like to go to another pumpkin patch again in the future. It’s a shame there’s only one in the Limerick area”.

Overall he says it was a good inexpensive day out for families with young kids.

Photo: Aisling O’Connor, Limerick Voice

The adults can enjoy tea or coffee in the shop, and the kids are sure to love the vials of fairy dust to protect your pumpkin from ghouls, ghosts, and monsters this Halloween. Kids can also meet Spooky the Square Pumpkin, and read his story.

Although the tradition of carving Jack O’Lanterns is Irish, initially turnips were used.  The vegetable was carved to have a scary face and a candle was placed inside to ward off evil spirits on Halloween night.  When the Irish emigrated to the US they brought the tradition with them but had to use pumpkins instead.

Pumpkin patches seem to be more of an American tradition, with Limerick having only the one patch in Curraghchase. It’s more common in Ireland to pick up a pumpkin while grocery shopping, however, a day out at the pumpkin patch is a sure way to make the most of the Halloween season.

Photo: Aisling O’Connor, Limerick Voice

The term Jack O’Lantern derives from the Irish myth Stingy Jack who was forced to wander between heaven and hell after tricking the devil, he lit his way with a hell flame he placed inside a hollowed-out turnip.

The pumpkin patch is also a perfect photo opportunity with the Halloween globe and various Halloween themed photo boards for the perfect family photo.

The annual pumpkin patch ran from October 19-31 this year, entry was €5 per person and tickets were booked on curraghchasegardencentre.ie

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