Lumen Street Theatre returns with Samhain, the three-day festival celebrating the Irish origins of Hallowe’en, culminating in the Parade of Light through the Medieval Quarter as the Bishop’s Lady rises once again to haunt all who gather before her on Limerick’s oldest streets.

A procession of lanterns made by local communities will be launched on the River Shannon as a way of banishing the darkness and remembering the souls of loved ones during the Hallowe’en festivities. This is a bespoke festival that celebrates local folklore and traditions, through talks, story-telling, performance and workshops in Limerick city.

Ormston House is delighted (and spooked) to host two events during Samhain: legendary story-teller Eddie Lenihan on Thursday 24 October at 6-7pm, and Masks at the Margins – Ancient Rituals for a Modern World with Billy Mag Fhloinn on Friday 25 October at 7-8pm.

Eddie Lenihan

Eddie is an Irish author, story-teller, lecturer and broadcaster. He is one of the few practising seancaithe remaining in Ireland. For those who like a good yarn, Eddie is known for his tales of folk heroes, fairies, fallen angels and other supernatural beings as recorded in Irish mythology. Dark family fare. Tickets: €5 available here.

Masks at the Margins – Ancient Rituals for a Modern World

Billy Mag Fhloinn is the director of Pagan Rave, an ongoing performance-based project aiming to reimagine folk traditions and calendar customs of Ireland. This lecture will explore the historical background to masked ritual performance in Ireland and its development in recent times. Tickets: €5 at the door.

For more information and the full festival programme, visit Lumen Street Theatre here and here.


24-26 October 2019 Lumen Street Theatre makers are currently Artists-in-Residence at Ormston House. Image from Samhain 2018 by Deirdre Power, courtesy of the artist. #samhain #shewillrise
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