44B. The Easter Trail-Fota House and Gardens.
38. Halloween Events Kinsale
The committee is back in action for the coming year.
Write to us directly if you wish to join the committee, or volunteer as a steward, or take part as an artist.
(Image John Allen. Decor Katie Mullins.)
New additions to the festivities in 2022 were The Lantern Workshop Sat. 22nd October, The Lantern Parade 6.30pm Sunday 30th October on Scilly Walk, with refreshments, songs and stories at St. Catherine's Cultural Centre. Back again for 2022 the Halloween Parade 4pm from Town Park on Monday 31st October.
Sunday 30th, was the inaugural Kinsale Lantern Parade commencing at 6.30pm along Scilly Walk, with a finale performance in St. Catherine’s Cultural Center. Drummer Dan Murphy led the 500 strong crowd off in procession, and Artistic Director Yvonne Coughlan taught them a song to get in the spirit of this Samhain tradition, as each group went along the scenic walk by Kinsale’s picturesque harbour. The Cailleach (Dinny Wheeler inset Pic. John Allen) followed on with her luminous mushrooms and magical staff. Stewards Dave Foley, Jean Nelligan, Gretta Buttimer, Becca Geden (Finance and Communications officer), Katie Mullins (Chief of the Art Department) Mr. & Mrs. Paul McCarthy, Nikki Bourke and Tasneem Mather. While the fringe jazz festival raged on down in the town, this family event was well populated.
Aerial shot by Jacub Walutek. Over 500 people in that light filled snake along the Scilly Walk. We look forward to sharing the video edit with you in due course.
Poster Design by Georgie Cantwell
This year, the weather for the Halloween Parade on Monday 31st was horrendous, with an Orange weather warning and driving rain. Nevertheless the organisers carried on, and while they had several shelters in the town park, also arranged for Temperance Hall to be available from 3pm for our fantastically dressed families. DCDJ (Dennis Collins) set up from 3pm at temperance Hall, and the Art Department quickly decorated the new indoor waiting area. Our scariest actors waited in the Duff Box (driver Ciara O’Flynn, sponsored by artist Áine Duffy) in the park, as well as in the Marquee provided by Mamukko. Our actors were from Kinsale FET Drama students in walkabout characters Humphrey the Scarecrow (Sloane Quirke) guarding the giant pumpkin, The Sweet Witch (Meabh Ahern) full of magic, and the scary body snatcher (Lucy Pearl Coleman)
Harry Sweetnam provided a giant pumpkin to adorn the park, and artist Dinny Wheeler created the installation around it, all were encouraged to make donations in support of Field of Dreams, (Down Syndrome Cork.) Thanks to local market stall holders Maggie and Petra’s Oven for the weights we need to keep everything safely tied down in this wild weather. Kinsales Halloween Parade took place at 4pm Monday Oct. 31st; this year's route went from the town park, down Main Street, around by Market Street, up Pearse street and into Temperance Hall for finale performances with Joan Denise Moriarty School of Dance, as well as best dressed prize giving. Once again even with 25 prizes, we still wanted to give more, as the costumes and effort was once again tremendously varied exciting.
John Allen Images
As always Kinsale Halloween events are supported by the generous donations, or voluntary time of local people and local businesses. All contributions are gratefully received by this not-for-profit community event, which has been operating since 2006. The Committee look forward to the development of the festivities with the help and financial support of the Kinsale community, and donations can be made to the Kinsale Halloween Parade account in the First South Credit Union, which also supported by providing design and printing of this year's posters.
The 2021 Grand Finale was provided by the Joan Denise Moriarty school of dance run by Sharon Manning in Shandon, Cork. With choreography by her daughter Karena, their 27 dancers aged 7 to 17 kept the Kinsale crowds mesmerised with their beautiful moves and striking costumes.
Sharon describes the performance as, ‘a haunting depiction of a horror movie come to life, a dance off between the Devil and an Angel who tries to rescue all the captured children, but in Halloween style it is the Devil and her army that wins in the end.’
Kinsale College of Further Education also provided performances in the park by the Drama students courtesy of tutors Belinda & Ian Wilde, and Marcus Bale.
Local businesses are supportive of this important family day on the Kinsale annual events calendar, sponsoring performers each year; the organisers wish to thank Eli Lilly, Kinsale Chamber of Business and Tourism, First South Credit Union, The Armada Bar, The Lord Kingsale, The White House, The Gourmet Pantry, Petra’s Oven, Elite Dry Cleaners, Studio 1, Mylie Murphy’s, The Market Garden, O’Connor’s Pharmacy, Pier House B&B, Supervalu, Kinari, Cllr. Marie O’Sullivan, RSVP (Red Sandstone Varied Productions), 1601 Kinsale, The Blue Haven Collection, Clare Bell, Livy Riordan, Petra’s Oven, Dennis Collins, Niamh O’Connell and Mamukko.
All of the funding for this not-for-profit event comes from donations, and there were special gifts for the best dressed participants, from Musgrave Group, Cork International Hotel, Koko's Kinsale, Cooleez, Jo’s Cafe, Kinsale Sports Store, VIVI Trading, The Flying Poet, Spar, Primm’s Bookshop and The Lemon Leaf Café.
Prizes are awarded each year for best costumes, but all the attendees make a fantastic effort.
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Kinsale Halloween Parade, 2021.
Sunday 31st October saw children, parents, performers, and the local community in general gather in Kinsale Town Park from 3pm to meet fun Halloween characters, and see the fabulous costumes that would later be awarded prizes. The inclement weather of the morning had cleared up to allow people to sit and enjoy the day’s spooky fashion, as well as, admire the work of décor team Zoë Greenway, Becca Geden, Amber Borges and Shaun O Callaghan, lead by Katy Mullins.
A mischievous Christmas elf, and a host of stewards entertained or scouted out best dressed prize winners in the park. Katy provided face-painting for those who needed a little extra Halloween power. Joseph kept the tunes and the cartoons rolling thanks to Thomas Suderland connecting up the power.
The first programmed performances of the day were by the 2nd year drama students of Kinsale College of Further Education, run by Ian and Belinda Wilde, and directed by tutor Marcus Bale. Hamlet’s witches played by Debora Caldas, Dultra Nogueira, Rua Rí, Joanna, Peter Wright, Isabella O’Donavon, Vinny O’Donavon and drummer Dan Murphy taught the gathering crowd, ‘Double, double toil and trouble,’ as the fountain became their bubbling cauldron for, ‘Eye of newt and toe of frog.’
Cathal O’Shea from Kinsale vintage car club drove the parade’s lead car off from the park at 4pm, and the end car, to tail this year’s parade, was driven by Garret Murphy. At the head of the parade in a pied piper effect, the Ghoulish Guide was played by Fiachna O’ Braonain, who kept the young parade members entertained with witticisms and song. The drummers this year were Daniel Murphy, Debora Caldas and Rory McCarthy.
This annual event for the children of Kinsale and the surrounding townlands is well loved, and supported in the community; businesses on the parade route come out to their doors to share sweet treats with the young trick-or-treaters, local people volunteer as stewards, and this year local farmer Mick Hemlock had no problem in loaning the décor team 10 bales of hay for the event. The 2021 Stewards were Miriam Ruckert aka Cruella de Vile, Jack Musgrave aka Shaggy and Scooby-Do, Joseph Harrington the tech skeleton, along with Tracy Keoghan, Tess Dean, Teresa Gaire, Stephen Barron, Klaus Harvey and Dermot Ryan. The local Garda Síochána as always offered a sturdy presence, ensuring the safety of the young sugar-soaked participants, with a squad car clearing the way and officers along the route to control the traffic.
The 2021 Grand Finale was provided by the Joan Denise Moriarty school of dance run by Sharon Manning in Shandon, Cork. With choreography by her daughter Karena, their 27 dancers aged 7 to 17 kept the Kinsale crowds mesmerised with their beautiful moves and striking costumes. Sharon describes the performance as, ‘a haunting depiction of a horror movie come to life, a dance off between the Devil and an Angel who tries to rescue all the captured children, but in Halloween style it is the Devil and her army that wins in the end.’
Local businesses are supportive of this important family day on the Kinsale annual events calendar, sponsoring performers each year; the organisers wish to thank Eli Lilly, Kinsale Chamber of Business and Tourism, First South Credit Union, The Armada Bar, The Lord Kingsale, The White House, The Gourmet Pantry, Petra’s Oven, Elite Dry Cleaners, Studio 1, Mylie Murphy’s, The Market Garden, O’Connor’s Pharmacy, Pier House B&B, Supervalu, Kinari, Cllr. Marie O’Sullivan, RSVP (Red Sandstone Varied Productions) 1601 Kinsale, The Blue Haven Collection, Clare Bell, Livy Riordan, Petra’s Oven, Dennis Collins, Niamh O’Connell and Mamukko.
All of the funding for this not-for-profit event comes from donations, and there were special gifts for the best dressed participants, from Musgrave Group, Cork International Hotel, Koko's Kinsale, Cooleez, Jo’s Cafe, Kinsale Sports Store, VIVI Trading, The Flying Poet, Spar, Primm’s Bookshop and The Lemon Leaf Café. Prizes are awarded each year for best costumes, but all the attendees make a fantastic effort.
This year’s winners were impressive. Family prizes: Best Themed Family-The Glavin Family, Riverstick; Spookiest Family – Anna and Daniel Kammerer & Carol Macnamara; The Scariest Family – The O’Riordan Family; The Funniest Family – Indra, Ryan, Liam and Kellan Roelants (Ringaskiddy) & Caroline, Alan, Cillian Toomey (Kinsale); The Most Creative Family – (Niall & Maisie, Oscar, Alice, Robin) Lennon-Rynne. The Funniest Duo: Robyn Farley & Aine Ni Chearnaigh. Individual Prizes: Best Individual Costume-Sandra Samoilenko (age 13) from Kinsale Community School spent a month creating her shaggy ink cap mushroom hat; The Scary Baby-Gwen Luna Griffin; The Cutest One-super hero toddler Mia Grady; The Best Halloween Superhero-Eva Buckley (age 11) Scoil Naoimh Elton; The Ghastliest One-Finn Buckley had a nail through his head; The Eye-catching One-Jamie Daly had his three little pumpkins in the buggy; The Original One-Vivienne O’Sullivan (age 12) Gurraneasig NS, who made herself into a pink soldier of Squid Games fame; The Villainous One-Charlie Kelleher, Belgooley NS, a very snazzy looking joker; The Creepiest One- Maeve Grennan (Summercove NS) whose open wounds were a delightfully terrible sight to behold.
Rosita Kingston and family resurrected the parade in 2005, as the tradition had lapsed for many years in Kinsale town. While Rosita retired from the committee in 2018, the organising team has gone from strength to strength with Katy Mullins and Lorraine Walsh joining Creative Director Yvonne Coughlan of rsvpireland.net this year. The committee gifted Rosita a Halloween Wreath created especially by Daisy Chain Florists to commemorate her work on the event over the years. The planning for 2022 will resume next week, as an extended festival style event is envisioned with advance workshops and additional entertainment strands for all ages, built around the central premise of a Kinsale trick-or-treating event for children.
The 2019 finale was provided by singer songwriter Clodagh Quirke the winner of McCarthy's Community Talent Competition 2019. “Don’t rain on my parade, we sang at the skies all week,” but this time it did rain on the Kinsale Halloween Parade. Luckily it is such a well-loved event that the turn-out was as strong as ever. Local actor David Peare arrived early to greet the participants in the park with his fabulous puppet friend, and Cork performers Fritz Spengemen and Cathal O’Donovan joined in to inspire the young Halloween imaginations for 2019. Stewards, this year were Maeve Cotter, Tim O’Brien, Timmy O’Donovan and Dermot Ryan. The local Garda Síochána as always offered a sturdy presence, ensuring the safety of the young sugar-soaked participants. The organisers wish to thank Eli Lily, Kinsale Chamber of Business and Tourism, The Armada, Ralf’s Computer services, 1601 off license, Miley Murphy’s Shop, The Discount Shop, The White House, Kinsale Crystal, Kinsale Bookshop, Temperance Hall committee, Kinsale Chamber of Business and Tourism and Salvi’s Den. All of the funding for this not-for-profit event comes from donations, and there were special gifts for the best dressed participants, with plenty of sweet treats for everyone. Kinsale drumming circle led by Jonathon Barlow kept the entertainment going during the parade walk, as they lead the parade behind Trombonist Fritz from the Barrack Street Brass Band, and Day of the Dead, lady in red, Yvonne. RSVP performers, ensured that a great time was had by all, as they travelled the parade route and finished with children’s games and prize giving in Temperance hall.
Lady Fi performed a fun filled fire show in the Plaza at the end of the parade. This year’s newest RSVP team member Ciara Morrin, was delighted to be organising the festivities of her first Kinsale Halloween event since graduating from Kinsale Drama studies. Kinsale drumming circle led by Jonathon Barlow. Students of Drama Studies at Kinsale FEC, and RSVP performers, ensured a great time was had by all.
Kinsale Halloween Parade 2017. Spectator Video. Bobot
Fire show by Eimhin David Shortt aka Involute Conduit
Best dressed Corpse bride Abhilina Niriain.
It was such a treat to have beautiful weather once again on this fun day in Kinsale. Families began to gather in the park from 3pm and queued up for some face painting with the Halloween Elf and the Halloween clown. Jonathan Barlow, Jerome Bourlet, Dominic Mobios and John Kelleher from Kinsale Drum Circle got ready for the 4pm start, when stilt walker Vicky McDonagh lead the way from the park. John Allen, local photographer, was once again there to document the festivities, and children and adults took their own photos at the Halloween ‘head in the hole’ picture stand created by Rosita Kingston in 2016.
Many thanks to our sponsors-The Armada Bar, Kitty O Sé's, The White House, Kinsale Crystal, Jim Edwards, Kinsale Pharmacy (Collins), Karen Garvin, The Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Kinsale, Kinsale Advertiser, the 2016 main sponsor of the parade Eli Lilly & the 2017 main sponsor, theatre company RSVP (Red Sandstone Varied Productions.) Without all of this community support the Kinsale Halloween Parade would not continue so successfully.
One young Dracula this year proudly told organiser Yvonne Coughlan, that he had gotten 200 sweets, and if he ‘hadn’t eaten the cupcake it would have been 201’, well done Bartek we say. The photographs every year are a testament to the efforts made; showing fantastic face painting, and the great imagination everyone puts into their parade costumes, as well as the fun to be had by all.
The Red Queen orchestrated proceedings in the Plaza, where the stunning finale fire show was created by Eimhin David Shortt aka Involute Conduit. After all the ‘best dancing sweets’ had been handed out, the best dressed prizes were distributed by Iva Windybottom aka Jean Nelligan, and the Halloween Elf aka Tanya Adamson. First prize winners for 2017 in the family section were our Transylvanian friends David, Jennifer, Hugh and Ronan Lynch, and the best dressed child was Abhilina Niriain as the corpse bride, with a special dancing skeleton prize going to Mum to be Kate Minnock from Dublin. Little Katie Jordan was so excited to be applauded as a prize winner she had to be reminded to return and pick up her prize. The many fabulous costumes were in greater number than the prizes available, and though many more were awarded, the Red Queen decided that next year Kinsale town would have to supply 50 million prizes. She gave many thanks for the prizes donated this year from The Blue Haven, K Jones, Molony’s Pharmacy, Cahalanes Butchers, Miley Murphy’s, Curtin’s Electrical Shop, Murphy’s Stores, and Daisy Chain.
Kinsale Halloween Parade 2015. Spectator video. Scott Griffin.
Children's Halloween theatre. 2015.
Ghost Story. 6pm & 7pm, Starring Alma Kickham & Chris O'Flaherty.
Temperance Hall 31st October 2015
5.30pm The Queen of Hearts and Wombolena Witch play games for the children.
Countess Darkness visits Kinsale. She is annoyed to find Jimmy impersonating her great, great, grandson Count Dracula. Halloween laughs and frights ensue, as these sparring characters argue the point of Halloween with their young audience. Halloween children's theatre in Kinsale. Aimed at age 3-9, but all ages love this fun-filled Halloween performance, with Countess Darkness and Count Dracula.
Riuchi performed a spectacular fire show for 2015.
Riuchi performed a spectacular fire show for 2015.
Here's a spectator video from 2014; Mathew Harron
20. Tales from the Halloween Crypt - October 2010
44. The Magic of Santa by Yvonne Coughlan. Fota House and Gardens-A Victorian Christmas Experience.
A delightful Victorian experience at Fota House this Christmas! In a traditional Dickens's tale, families joined Ebenezer Scrooge as he discovered the true meaning of Christmas on a magical tour through this beautiful Regency House. Fota House in association with RSVP (Red Sandstone Varied Productions) invited you to this cheery adaptation with characters such as the jolly Cook, representing the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future, Belle the former love of Ebeneezer's life, and the delightful Mrs. Cratchitt to meet them in the drawing room before a visit with Santa Claus. Songs, storytelling and games and plenty of Elves to make sure the children left their wishes on the Wishing Tree!
This interactive experience of ‘The Magic of Santa’ at Fota House & Gardens provided a wonderfully traditional Christmas treat for all the family. Every child recieved a gift from Santa Claus and there were lots of seasonal photo opportunities throughout the house. This special Christmas event, gave families a unique experience, as they not only discover the house, but they become part of a cheery adaptation of the Charles Dicken's world famous Christmas story.
December 2017 Fri 8th 5-8pm, Sat 9th 12-8pm, Sun 10th 12-8pm, Fri 15th 5-8pm, Sat 16th 12-8pm, Sun 17th 12-8pm. www.fotahouse.com
25. A Christmas Pageant-Lifetime Lab, Cork City library, Temperance Hall. 2010
24. Santa's Magic Market-Temperance Hall-Kinsale, Christmas. 2010
10. Santa's Christmas Comet; Dec/Jan 2009/10
Cosmic Christmas; Santa's Christmas Comet
Rocxanne Rad, Damien Punch, Kieran McCarthy, Livy Riordan, Seibhe Little.
Pic. Dan Linehan; Examiner.
Writer/Director/ Producer Yvonne Coughlan. “Santa’s Christmas Comet.” Part of Cosmic Christmas, an event organised in conjunction with RSVP at Blackrock Castle Observatory. 18th- 23rd Dec & Jan 2nd-3rd at 8pm and 4pm on 27th-31st Dec & 2nd Jan.