All information below is from the Samhain/Halloween tour that was scheduled for October of 2020 and is now postponed to October of 2021. The same itinerary is planned for the 2021 tour. However, Ken is still in the process of confirming specific tour stops, hotels, etc., and the final itinerary will be posted as soon as this is completed. The 2020 itinerary below is provided for informational purposes.
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Itinerary from 2020 --- to be updated
Return to the cradle of Celtic civilization and celebrate Samhain Halloween in Ireland with Ken O’Malley this year.
Samhain is the pagan religious festival originating from an ancient Celtic spiritual tradition. In modern times, Samhain (a Gaelic word pronounced “sow-win”) is usually celebrated from October 31 to November 1 to welcome in the harvest and usher in “the dark half of the year.” Celebrants believe that the barriers between the physical world and the spirit world break down during Samhain, allowing more interaction between humans and denizens of the Otherworld. The days when the veil between the dead, undead, and the living was at its thinnest.
Around the 6thC, Pope Gregory had the bright idea to fuse the old Celtic customs and beliefs with Christian celebrations and it actually worked for the missionaries in Ireland at the time. Samhain became All Hallows Eve, hallowed meaning sacred, and the next day became All Saint’s Day. Halloween had arrived.
Our tour begins in Dublin for three days; we immediately arrive to witness the mysterious Bram Stoker Festival over the weekend. Bram Stoker, born in Dublin, wrote Dracula in 1897 still one of the greatest blood curdling romance novels ever written. We will visit many of the places he frequented.
On our fourth day, on our way north to Belfast, we will visit the neolithic passage tombs of Newgrange and Nowth in the Boyne Valley, older than the Egyptian pyramids and Stonehenge. This place of worship, and sacred burials is still a mystery as to it’s mathematical design. Is there an Alien connection ? Our group will enter the 5000 year old tomb at Newgrange, a privilege not available to the general public at all times.
On to Belfast for two nights where we will endeavor to visit the Titanic Museum and have a guided tour of the city and it’s troubled history, “Up the Catholic Falls Road and down the Protestant Shankhill Road”, visiting the Peace Walls, historically dividing neighborhoods.
Our tour will then take us across to the City of Derry and its famous Halloween Festival, for three days through Halloween night and the extravaganza of events while we are there. We will tour the historic Walls of Derry and visit a 6thC stone ring fort built by the Clan O’Neill overlooking Derry and Donegal Bay. We then return to Dublin for one final night before many of us will travel home to the US. This tour promises to be a very exciting and spiritual return to the All Hallows Eve and All Saints Day (Day of the Dead) that were the celebrations of the ancient Celts and their Druid priests. There will be more trick or treats on this tour than you can imagine. Join me, Ken O’Malley, if you dare !!!
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