According to legend, Samhain, the ancient Celtic Festival that we now call Halloween, originated in Co. Meath in the Boyne Valley more than 2,000 years ago.
Tales tell us that the Samhain festival began on top of the hill of Tlachtga, now called the Hill of Ward, one mile east of Athboy, Co. Meath. It was believed that Tlachtga was closely linked to the spirit world and it was from here that the sacred Samhain fire was lit and carried to seven other hills around the county including Tara, Loughcrew and then on to light up Ireland’s Ancient East and beyond. To this day the Boyne Valley has remained the home of Halloween. Spine-tingling fun and events awaits for young and old alike in the Spirits of Meath festival, enter if you dare!