Festivals this October 2018 on the Island of Ireland
October and the great cycle of life comes into play as leaves fall from trees and nature prepares itself for the colder months ahead. This poem; The Wild Swans at Coole by William Butler Yeats creates a vivid picture of a beautiful October evening in Gort Co. Galway. And his wonder of the wild swans he has grown accustomed to in comparison to his own life reminds us of how quickly the years can go by – so enjoy your life, make it worthwhile – the best you can. Continue to be a positive ray of light into the colder days, and if you’re not – remember a new way of thinking can start any time of year so why not make it this October 2018 – and take inspiration from my top Festival picks on this beautiful island of Ireland.
My Top Festival Picks in Leinster this October 2018
Festival: Spirits of Meath Festival
Where: Various Towns and Venues throughout County Meath
When: October 6th to November 4th
“Spirits of Meath Halloween Festival all around County Meath from 6th October – 4th November 2018. County Meath part of the Boyne Valley, the birthplace of Ireland’s Ancient East uniquely where it all began, is bringing you Ireland’s biggest and scariest Halloween Festival – The Spirits of Meath Halloween Festival 2018!!
From Haunted Hills to Eerie Graveyards; Tour of Shadows to Friendly Witches & Spooks and Spells; Thriller Nights to Terrifying Terror Houses – The Spirits of Meath Halloween Festival 2018 will delight & fright equally!” spiritsofmeath.ie
Festival: Savour Kilkenny
Where: Various venues throughout Kilkenny City
When: October 25th to October 29th
“Savour Kilkenny returns to the medieval city this October bank holiday weekend. We are so proud that Kilkenny was crowned the Top Foodie Destination in Ireland for 2018 and delighted that Savour was part of this prestigious award. Having started out as a small festival showcasing the quality and innovative work of local artisan producers, we have now grown to over 90 demonstrations and events and 100 stallholders. We are delighted to be back on The Parade, placing our largest ever Market, our Craft Brewers & Distillers Pavilion, and our demonstration marquees at the foot of the 12th century castle in our 12th year!” savourkilkenny.com
Festival: Bram Stoker Festival
Where: Various venues throughout Dublin
When: October 26th to October 29th
“Whether you’re a resident vampire or visiting from further afield, Bram Stoker Festival 2018 has something for everyone in its gothically inspired programme of events. Get ready for four days of living stories and four nights of deadly adventures as Dublin gets gloriously gothic this October Bank Holiday Weekend.
The Bram Stoker Festival playfully celebrates the gothic, the mysterious, the after-dark and the thrill of Halloween, and delves into the legacy of one of Ireland’s most treasured authors. The packed programme of events devilishly mixes family-friendly adventures with late-night antics for mates, dates and everything in between.” bramstokerfestival.com
My Top Festival Picks in Munster this October 2018
Festival: Dingle Food Festival
Where: Various venues throughout Dingle
When: October 5th to October 7th
“The Dingle Food Festival takes place on the first weekend in October every year in the beautiful fishing town of Dingle on the Dingle Peninsula on the Wild Atlantic Way. It is organised by a group of local people on a non profit making basis.
Locals call it ‘The Best Weekend of the Year’. The town comes alive with locals and tourists alike. Everyone comes home for the Dingle Food Festival and tourists come from far and wide across the globe that weekend just for the festival.
Highlights of the festival include cookery demonstrations, over 50 market stalls, workshops, street entertainment, children’s events, wine tastings, whiskey tastings and much much more.” dinglefood.com