Oíche Samhain (pronounced ‘EE-hyeh SOW-in’) marks the end of the Celtic year. The end of our growing and harvesting seasons. Nights are getting darker and it is time to stay in from the cold. It is also known as All Hallows Eve or Hallowe’en. The deceased are traditionally remembered both in lore and at Catholic Masses during the month of November.
In these dark months, we remember years gone past, our families and loved ones who have departed to the next life. For country folk, gathering together to entertain, tell stories and sing was part of everyday life when not working outside to earn a living.
On Thursday 30th October, tenants and their visitors to Clochar Court celebrated Hallowe’en in grand style – decorating communal areas and the the lounge, displaying their own traditional art and dressing-up for an evening of song, stories and fright-night devilment!
We were delighted to involve Raffat Bari who helped our participants to design and paint their own traditional canvasses with Celtic designs.
None of this would have been possible without the support from a grant offered to Innisfree from the Community Development Fund. We were offered a grant which would help older people to meet, work together to organise activities and celebrate with a final event. Participants attended training on Food Hygiene, Art classes and carried out research on preparing for and holding an Irish Hallowe’en event. We are proud to have offered Clochar Court facilities to hold this excellent event. Well done to everyone involved!