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44B. The Easter Trail-Fota House and Gardens.

38. Halloween Events Kinsale

 Every October 31st Kinsale Halloween Parade starts at 4pm!

Parade 2019

 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.

Parade 2018

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.

Parade 2017

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.

Parade 2016

Parade 2015

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.


The story-

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.

Parade 2014

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.

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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


Inset- 

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.