Mummers, Masks & Mischief

Billy Mag Fhloinn will mark Samhain with a talk on the history of traditional straw masks and costumes in Ireland. Who made them? When were they worn? Why did people hide their faces? From weddings to wakes to Hallowe’en, masks gave people license to misbehave. Join us on Saturday 31 October at 7.30pm on our Youtube channel for Mummers, Masks and Mischief, co-produced with Lumen Street Theatre for the Samhain Festival and part of Ollphéist.


About Billy Mag Fhloinn:

Billy is a native of Limerick, Ireland. He holds a BA in Archaeology and a PhD in Irish Folklore from University College Dublin. As well as lecturing and tutoring, he is a musician, works in television and media, and occasionally guides tours of the Dingle Peninsula. Billy is the founder of Pagan Rave, an on-going performance-based project which aims to reimagine folk traditions and calendar customs of Ireland.

About Lumen:

Lumen is a Street Theatre Company which seeks to engage with the public by presenting scenes and performances that are visually spectacular, distinctive and inspiring within the setting of Limerick’s urban landscape. This year, Samhain: Limerick’s Hallowe’en Festival will be presented online from 29–31 October supported by Limerick City & County Council and Galway 2020.

Ollphéist and Mummers, Masks and Mischief are kindly supported by Creative Ireland and Limerick City & County Council through a Creative Ireland: Made in Limerick grant. The project is curated by Caimin Walsh, Projects Curator at Ormston House.



Saturday 31 October 2020, 7.30pm You can read more about Billy here and Lumen Street Theatre here. You can subscribe to our Youtube channel here.
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