Named after the ‘Púca,’ a shape-shifting supernatural trickster from Irish legend, the Púca Festival was developed around Celtic traditions and the Irish origins of Halloween. Samhain, the pagan predecessor to Halloween, was an important moment in the Celtic calendar – the ultimate harvest festival when the ancient people switched from the “light half of the year” to the “dark half of the year.” According to legends, the Púca used to wander around at night, playing tricks on folks and changing their luck. Learn more about the Pùca in Irish folklore here.
During Trim’s Puca Festival, expect a wide range of genres including music, comedy, circus, and live podcast shows. While the majority of the shows, performances and acts are aimed at adults, there are a few family-friendly experiences. Check this year’s programme to find the ideal items for you.
Tucked within the Pùca Festival is the enchanting Harvest Market, offering a captivating blend of tradition, craftsmanship, and ancient Irish heritage. Explore the market’s immersive experiences, trying your hand at the art of wood sculpting, Neolithic bread making, Viking archaeology or other hands-on activities, captivating displays, and artisanal crafts.