Cead Mile Failte
We had another great weekend just gone by with lots of great music and another beautiful wedding, always something different always interesting. This week ahead we have a few Halloween parties to look forward to, I always refer to this as our time of year and those of you are know your Celtic History will understand why.
Sunset on Samhain is the beginning of the Celtic New Year. The old year has passed, the harvest has been gathered, cattle and sheep have been brought in from the fields, and the leaves have fallen from the trees. The earth slowly begins to die around us. Us Celt’s no matter how many generations we have been gone from the homeland or if this has never been explained to us, will always have felt it in our bones, it is our heritage and somehow, someway, we embrace it, Halloween is just one of the many Holidays that was brought by ancestors to far of lands, NOW one of the biggest Holidays in the USA. To celebrate this Celtic New yr and Samhain Tir Na nOg will start our New Winter menu on Wednesday 26th, so come in and have some dinner you will be very impressed with the choices our Head Chef Aaron Vaughn has made, to accompany the good food we have pulled out the Winter drinks menu and On Friday Night we welcome back
Belfast Entertainer GERRY Mc CRUDDEN with his Irish songs and stories I am sure he will make a toast to the Celtic New Yr. And of course over the weekend some brilliant Halloween events are in line. Saturday 29th Live Irish Music with Hercules Mulligan WEAR your costume and you could win a prize plus we have Wake of Destruction ZOMBIE Pipers & Drummers roaming the halls it’ll be a fun night music starts at 8pm.
Sunday 30th a salute to Scottish writer J.K. Rowling we will host a Harry Potter Halloween event starting at 4pm until 8pm Spooky Irish dancers and music including “The Dublin Down Band ” will entertain, YOU can eat from the Hogwarts menu and be served by witches and wizards. Free admission to all Celtic Events. Wear a costume or be a member of the PUB club and get FREE admission all weekend. even to our late night rock bands. So you can see at Tir na nOg we are celebrating all week.
And we look forward to seeing you at the pub. in the meantime take care.
Old Irish Customs for Halloween/Samhain
The Pumpkin: Carving Pumpkins dates back to the eighteenth century and to an Irish blacksmith named Jack who colluded with the Devil and was denied entry to Heaven. He was condemned to wander the earth but asked the Devil for some light. He was given a burning coal ember which he placed inside a turnip that he had gouged out.
The tradition of Jack O’Lanterns was born – the bearer being the wandering blacksmith – a damned soul. Villagers in Ireland hoped that the lantern in their window would keep the wanderer away. When the Irish emigrated in millions to America there was not a great supply of turnips so pumpkins were used instead.
Halloween Costumes: On Halloween night children would dress up in scary costumes and go house to house. ‘Help the Halloween Party’ and ‘Trick or Treat’ were the cries to be heard at each door. This tradition of wearing costumes also dates back to Celtic times. On the special night when the living and the dead were at their closest the Celtic Druids would dress up in elaborate costumes to disguise themselves as spirits and devils in case they encountered other devils and spirits during the night. By disguising they hoped that they would be able to avoid being carried away at the end of the night. This explains why witches, goblins and ghosts remain the most popular choices for the costumes.
Celtic Bands this weekend to get our Halloween Parties kicked into the right kinda Irish action
Friday Night Gerry Mc Crudden
Saturday Hercules Mulligan
Plus Wake of Destruction ZOMBIE PIPERS: FREE ADMISSION GREAT PRIZES TOP prize $250 Gift Card
Sunday OUR HOGWARTS HALLOWEEN
Inish Cairde Spooky Irish Dancers
TNNTraditional Session Players
Dublin Down NEW Trad band pays us it’s 1st visit. FREE ADDMISSION Great prizes.
And don’t forget on NOV 5th Wake & District hosts it’s CD release party at Tir Na nOg
Tir na nOg Irish Pub is located at 218 South Blount St Raleigh NC 27601
919 833-7795 for more info