Published on October 27th, 2011 | by Kitty Catastrophe6
Competition: Halloween at The National Leprechaun Museum
For ten nights, The National Leprechaun Museum will be transformed into a dark and winding journey through the more macabre side of Irish mythology to celebrate Halloween. Originally known as Samhain, it’s the time of year when the veil between our world and the otherworld of the fairies is at its thinnest, when debts are settled and spirits move among us. The museum, which has more to do with folklore and storytelling rather than Darby O’Gill, is situated on the site of the old city morgue, making it the perfect location to be immersed in ghost stories and tales of banshees.
Having never visited the museum before, I had no idea what to expect. After a quick introduction that explains the significance and origins of Halloween, we were on our way through the winding darkened passages, nervously moving from room to room, where we would be regaled with haunting folklore and Dublin ghost stories. I had been given a large nail at the beginning as “protection against the fairies” as they seemingly hate iron because it smells like blood. Which is all well and good, but at certain particularly creepy points I was more likely to stab someone with it if they gave me a fright, rather than wave it under their noses. Nevertheless, we pressed on and I managed not to attack any of the brilliant performers or storytellers in the process. Once the trail had concluded, we were led to a large table where we could sit, gather ourselves, partake in some “nerve-settling refreshments” and learn about the rituals and quirks that stemmed from Irish superstition, before being absorbed into Christianity or becoming part of everyday life.
It’s a tremendously fun way to spend an evening at this spooky time of year, the production is great and the staff are wonderfully enthusiastic and friendly. If you can’t find a seanchaí to entertain you this Halloween, then this will fit the bill perfectly.
Dark Stories at The National Leprechaun Museum is running from 27th October to 5th November. Performances on 30th and 31st October include post-show sessions with paranormal experts. Which sounds like amazing fun.
For ticket prices and more information, check out www.leprechaunmuseum.ie
The lovely people at the National Leprechaun Museum have also given us a pair of tickets to the 7.30pm show on Tuesday evening to give away. If you’d like to win, just leave a comment below telling us where the National Leprechaun Museum is located and we’ll notify a winner on Monday.