Púca is back and out to make mischief this Halloween!
The spirit of Púca is back, bringing more mischief and merriment than ever before!
From 23 – 31 October 2021 visitors from near and afar are being welcomed back for a week of music and mythology, sideshows and standup, cabaret and cocktails, and everything else in between.
Púca festival will take place across County Meath and County Louth and, for the first time, Slane Castle is joining in the fun, alongside the our festival hubs of Athboy, Trim and Drogheda, each steeped in Samhain legend and tradition.
Our friend ‘Púca’, the shape-shifting creature from Celtic folklore and a familiar character in Ireland’s narrative of Halloween, will turn the rock n’ roll surrounds of Slane Castle into a playground for the spirits this year.
As Samhain also marked the end of the harvest season, Púca festival embraces the enormous wealth and quality of the local produce on its doorstep, making food and drink another star of the show. From world class whiskey, to award winning seafood, locally raised meat and natural honey, there is something to tickle every taste bud.
Through the spectacular nights at Púca Festival, we salute the Halloween spirits through folklore, food, myth and music reopening the pathways of reflection and celebration carved by travellers over 2,000 years ago, and lighting up the night sky with awe-inspiring and unearthly illuminations.
Each of Púca’s four sites brings something special and distinct. Athboy is steeped in the tradition of Samhain nestled next to Tlachtga. Trim is an idyllic small Irish town surrounding a stunning medieval castle, a perfect spot to create the Festival’s atmosphere of celebration and mischief. Drogheda is one of Ireland’s oldest towns flanking the River Boyne, connecting it with the two other festival sites. And finally, we are delighted to introduce our new venue for 2021 from the heart of Boyne Valley, Slane.