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History & Heritage

Myths and Legends of Samhain in the Boyne Valley

Every October 31st, all over the world, Halloween is celebrated in some shape or form. At Halloween, the Japanese celebrate a Buddhist tradition called O-bon. It’s a festival which honours the spirits of deceased family members and ancestors, with many people using this day to visit loved ones graves with gifts. In Germany, people put away their knives on Halloween night. The reason is to ensure that spirits don’t get harmed upon their return to Earth. Halloween is known as El Dia De Los Muertos amongst Spanish-speaking nations.

Familiar faces and special visitors to the Boyne Valley this summer

It was a summer like no other here in the Boyne Valley. All our hospitality and tourism providers were excited to reopen from last June and happy to see the return of domestic tourism to our region. As well as welcoming new and returning visitors to the birthplace of Ireland’s Ancient East, we also welcomed a few special visitors who very kindly spread the word of the Boyne Valley far and wide across the Country. Here is a roundup of their trips, where they stayed and visited and all the fantastic activities, they took part in. 

Conquer the Castles of the Boyne Valley this summer

There are so many things to do with the family this summer in the heart of Ireland’s Ancient East. From adventure centres to beaches to rollercoasters- the list is endless. But what about a holiday destination in Ireland for their imagination? Did you know that the Boyne Valley is full of amazing heritage sites and historical places of interest? Make memories with the kids this summer and conquer all the castles of the Boyne Valley.

OPW sites are free to visit in the Boyne Valley this summer

The Office of Public works maintains and presents Ireland’s most iconic heritage properties, including Ireland’s two World Heritage Sites, 780 National Monuments and over 2,000 acres of gardens and parklands. On the 14th of May this year, Minister Patrick O’Donovan announced that admission charges to all fee-paying open OPW heritage sites are being waived in line with the Government’s recovery and reopening plan outlined in The Path Ahead.