On October 30 – 31 2010 – the friendly Irish people who I met during my short tours in Dublin spoke to me about Halloween (or Hallowe’en) celebrations and festivals in Dublin, the capital of Ireland, and in the Ballymun district in Dublin‘s Northside, close to the Dublin Airport. A nice teacher who was leading a group of students raising the Irish flags stopped with me for a while to tell me general information about the Halloween celebration when she learned that I was a journalist and that I am interested in writing a small report. The students (boys and girls under 13 years) were all very happy when I shot some pictures of them.
The teacher said that the Halloween festival was part of the Irish tradition and that the schools and the city council of Dublin organized several activities each year during the Halloween. “Since a week ago on October 25 2010 we started the Halloween activities. These activities will end on October 31 2010” she told me. The teacher invited me politely to join the children and their activity if I was interested to shoot more pictures about Halloween.
Other pictures of Halloween activities were in front of the City Council of Dublin, a group of Irish people who were making ghost tours in the city stopped in front of the city council to take some photos, then they went ahead and visited the Temple-Bar /
Fleet Street area. This group was doing pranks, telling ghost stories and frightening tales to the passers by. They stood before me and acted to frighten me and the people in the street.
At Temple-Bar the people told me that the official symbolic celebration of Halloween started at about 5 and lasted until the middle of the night at Ballymun, Dublin 9 in an area on Dublin’s Northside close to Dublin Airport.
The history of Ballymun is infamous for its flats, which became a symbol of poverty, drugs, alienation from the state and of the social problems in Ireland from the 1970s. Today it has been renewed, with a renovated village centre, surrounded by estates of houses and apartments, and with several sub-districts.
The people at Temple-Bar said that Dublin’s biggest Halloween festival is set at the Ballymun district, where there are seven different venues within the festival village featuring music, dancing and making magic activities.
Everybody talked to me and invited me to attend the Halloween festival Ballymun. The people told me that the celebration started with a fancy dress parade from Balbutcher Road to the Civic Centre Plaza. The attendance would enjoy magical and traditional music in an extraordinary experience of fantasy and entertainment, with freaks and horrors, and that officials from the government would join the people in their celebration at Ballymun. They said: “for sure the major of the city, Lord Mayor Gerry Breen, will attend the celebration and this could be interesting for you as a journalist”.
Who is Lord Mayor of Dublin?
The Lord Mayor of Dublin is the symbolic head of the city government of Dublin, the capital of Ireland. The Lord Mayor is elected to office annually by members of Dublin City Council (previously known as Dublin Corporation) from amongst its members. The current Lord Mayor is Fine Gael Councillor Gerry Breen.
The office of Mayor of Dublin was created in June 1229 by Prince Henry III. Read more about the Lord Mayor of Dublin.
The currently Lord Mayor of Dublin is Gerry Breen> He was elected as Lord Mayor of Dublin on 28th June 2010. Before that he was first elected to Dublin City Council in 1999 and represents the Clontarf Area. Lord Mayor was born and raised in Clontarf. He is married to Maeve, and has three daughters.
He was educated at Belgrove National School, Coláiste Mhuire and UCD where he obtained a Bachelor of Commerce Degree.
On July 2010, Lord Mayor Gerry Breen suggested twinning the Irish capital with the Gaza Strip out of “sympathy”. He proposed that the City Council explore the idea at its next monthly meeting. Under his authorization both Dublin and Gaza are already twinned with Barcelona.
While I was talking to the Irish people about Halloween I saw a journalist team photographing and the people started putting on the ghost disguises and the other traditional clothes and running in the streets. Everybody was running with big smiles on their faces. The Halloween celebration at the Temple Bar Street has no end, or perhaps its end in the morning light, when everybody is tired. On Monday is a holiday in Ireland and everybody will be able to drink enough at the Halloween festival and to sleep well during the day.
Everything I heard from the Irish about Halloween festival was quite attractive and interesting. However, I had to go back to the hotel and prepare my bags for my return to Vienna early in the morning, where more things were waiting for me, among them reporting about those nice stories to my readers.
At the hotel was another party waiting for me in the evening, at the conclusion of the ARABMED 26 medical conference. Everything was tempting for me on the Sunday evening, so I chose to join the doctors in their final celebration and I wished the Irish people a very nice peaceful and evening of fun, happiness and with a wonderful Halloween celebration.
I wish a nice Halloween everybody!