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.
History & Heritage
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.
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.
Last week Michelle Walsh Jackson (The Novel Traveller) told the Elaine Show on Virgin Media One all about her recent adventures in the Boyne Valley.
The Boyne Ramparts walk is a gentle, 8km hike through history in the Boyne Valley, says Pól Ó Conghaile
Read Pol O’Conghaile's (Travel Editor, Irish Independent and Sunday Independent) account of visiting the Boyne Ramparts at Navan, and watch the fantastic video, here.
Drogheda is the gateway to the Boyne Valley and one of the oldest towns in Ireland. Its many heritage sites, museums, galleries, hotels, and restaurants lends itself to being a must visit destination this summer. Read on and we will tell you why…
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.
From rolling hills, to mystical rivers and heritage sites that hold years of history, the Boyne Valley Drive takes you on an adventure not found anywhere else in Ireland. Explore the pretty towns and villages of Meath and Louth and be amazed at the great expanse of our great outdoors- all in the same day!