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Halloween fest in Swan Park 15.10.21

THIS year, Derry Halloween will unfold across five different worlds, each representing a different spirit of Samhain. Three of the worlds are located in the city itself, one in Strabane and one in Swan Park, Buncrana. The myths and mischief of Samhain will be interwoven throughout, connecting the city to the Worlds Beyond the Walls. 

Cathaoirleach Cllr Jack Murray said: “Swan Park is a beautiful and much-loved amenity locally.  Through the work of Donegal County Council, it is being restored and enhanced to be even more impressive than it was before the 2017 floods. It is therefore extremely exciting to be welcoming crowds to visit the planned Halloween festivities.”
Jack Murray, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council with Graham Warke, Mayor Derry City & Strabane District Council and members of the Inishowen Carnival Group.
The Halloween event in Swan Park that will take place over the course of two nights, 29th and 30th October, with three performances each night.

Inishowen Carnival Group will create a sculpture and performance trail in Swan Park, Buncrana, inspired by stories of the ancient folklore associated with the Red Branch Knights, a mystical landscape where faerie folk and pagan gods reside, where curses are cast, where warriors bargain with the gods, where the power of the spirit world is summoned, where the forces of light and darkness collide.

Decorated with lanterns and light sculptures, the trail commences at O’Dohertys Keep and winds its way along the riverbank before crossing the river and turning back towards Castle Bridge. Along the way the audience will encounter a myriad of faerie folk: banshees, wood sprites and other otherworldly characters. The trail will end with a twenty minute performance by a host of faerie dancers.

A limited number of tickets are to be released online for The Ancients Halloween show at Swan Park. The ticket sale will go live at on Tuesday, 26 October at 10am.
There will also be some tickets available from the Donegal County Council offices in Buncrana.
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