Dockers And Demons
Dockers And Demons

Ringsend, Irishtown & Grand Canal Dock Halloween Festival

Welcome to Dockers and Demons 2018.

A Halloween Festival for Ringsend, Irishtown and the Docklands from Oct 27th – 31st 2018.



A lot of strange and spooky things are going to be happening in the coming days leading up to Halloween.

Our story begins when a young girl Salma moves to Ringsend with her dad. She is new to the area and finds it difficult to fit in.

One night while clearing out the attic she finds old Newspaper clippings from 100 years ago about the Irish Women’s Suffrage Movement. Along with this she finds a box that when opened acts as a portal to release Spirits from the past. Margaret Cousins, a Suffragette from 100 years ago appears to her and tells her that she must ‘’ NEVER open the portal when there is a Hunters Moon and a High Tide!’’

On a stormy night Salma opens the box. Outside the moon shines brightly… it is a full Hunters Moon! The tide lashes against the sea front…. a High Tide! This time the portal opens with a wailing and screeching…She has woken the BANSHEE who has been sleeping under Ringsend Bridge for 100 years.

Banshee is appalled by the lack of progress and the lack of respect given to women, the poor and homeless, LGBTQ and ethnic minorities and calls upon the spirits of the dead to help her teach society a lesson and to remind them of the causes for which they fought and died 100 years ago.

Banshee summons all the demons from the past to haunt the area, however she also begins to see the many good things happening in Irishtown and Ringsend. She sees the positive community spirit with leaders, participants and volunteers all doing good deeds for each other. Her rage dissipates as she battles with her negative energy and she transforms into a White Heron; symbol of Hope, Joy and a Celebration of all that is positive in the community.

The Festival has lots of fun workshops, entertainment, walkabouts and historical tours right across the village with Halloween night seeing a Dockers and Demons Parade starting at Thorncastle Street from 6.30pm and following the traditional parade route around the village of Ringsend and Irishtown and back to the Demons Party at 7.30pm. Will the Banshee warn the people in time or will it be RIP Ringsend?

Dublin City Council South East Area with all our partners and associates are proud to bring this new artistic and cultural celebration of Oiche Samhna for all ages and all the family for 2018.




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Dockers & Demons Parade and Street Party

Join us for our Parade and Street Party on Thorncastle Street!

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The Banshee Dance

Salma finds a box in her attic....a box that she must never open!! She disobeys and her world is turned upside down!

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The Rededication of St Matthew's Church

Come and tour this magnificent church and graveyard

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