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“Sometimes it’s better to light a flamethrower than curse the darkness.” – Terry Pratchett, Men at Arms

Tonight is Halloween, a night which means something to most people around the world, particularly the shopkeepers raking in the cash spent on costumes, confectionery, and pumpkins. As with many things, the Irish claim to have invented it, but this time there is something to the claim. Halloween is a corruption of “All Hallows Eve”, which is the Christianized version of the old Celtic Pagan festival of Samhain.

Fireworks are illegal in Ireland, but there is a booming (!) black market, and many thousands are going up in smoke tonight. I’ve got my scanner on, listening to the police and ambulance dispatches, and it’s pretty predictable.


Written by brian t

October 31, 2002 at 9:13 pm

Posted in culture, ireland, religion

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