Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Samhain nights at the National Leprechaun Museum

We have become jaded by the green-hat-topped Walt Disney-esque characters waving at tourists on Grafton Street and around the Molly Malone statue. There is much more to leprechauns and their cousins than meets the modern cynical eye. Contrary to the initial reaction of many, the National Leprechaun Museum is doing well for itself. They are going heavily in the direction of actual Irish folklore and their Culture Night storytelling session for adults [1] sold out very quickly. Indeed by the time this writer heard about it all the tickets were well gone, to this writer's great dismay.

Those good folks at the museum are providing more of the good thing by celebrating Samhain (that's Halloween to those whose knowledge of yearly festivals comes from American films) with several nights of storytelling from 27 October to 5 November. Refreshments will be provided each night, with paranormal experts on site on 30 and 31 October. All these shows are dubbed as "interactive performances" which seems to indicate at least a certain amount of audience participation, or at least immersive experience rather than simple passive viewing from outside. These events are strictly over 18 only. Tickets are available at the door, but if the Culture Night experience is anything to go by, you'd do well to book ahead on the website.

27 October - 5 November, 7 pm, 7.30 pm and 8 pm
27-29 October and 1-5 November: Tickets €20 at the door, €15 when booked online
30-31 October: Tickets €30 at the door, €20 when booked online


[1] The concept that storytelling is by default an activity oriented towards children is very modern. And very annoying.

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