29 October 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Monaghan Foróige and ‘Monaghan Has It’ join forces to provide an action packed Monaghan Town Halloween Festival

Monaghan town’s St. Patrick’s church and the Westenra family , particularly Lucy Westenra, inspired Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Oscar Wilde’s family had a tragic association with Monaghan when his two half sisters died following an accident in Drumaconor House, three miles from Monaghan town , on HallowE’en night 1871. It inspired his darker fairy stories.

So with that pedigree, where else would you want to be this HallowE’en than Monaghan town.

This year the day’s events really kick off with Foróige’s ‘Street Soccer Tournament’ taking place in the Lower Court House car park. Youth teams of 4-a-side from all around the town will be taking part between 2-4pm.

There will be an ‘open mike’ music event for all our budding stars in the Diamond between 2-5pm on the bandstand and there will also be some amusements there too including face painters, inflatable obstacle course and slide. In the park around Peter’s lake the Spooky Train will be running between 3-8pm.

Things will then move indoors with a series of Foróige events in and around the Monaghan Shopping Centre. There will be a Kiddies disco between 5-7pm along with cartoon characters, face painting, a Haunted Parade and a host of other family friendly activities.

Outside the shopping centre there will be young bands from Monaghan playing from 6-7.30pm when the irrepressible MC Sean McCaffrey will introduce Charlie Livingstone to the stage along with interviews with young people from Monaghan Foróige.

At 7.45pm the countdown begins to the spectacular fireworks display which is the culmination of the evening’s events.

After that it’s time to hightail it to bed before the witching hour when Monaghan vampires will stalk the land…


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