September 16

Halloween at the Lawrence Hotel

The countdown to one of our favourite times of year has started. Halloween is a very special time for us here in the Lawrence hotel as we are only a stones throw from the site where it all began. Tlachtga, now known as the Hill of Ward, is an important ritual prehistoric site and its only 2km’s from the town of Athboy and the Hotel.

It was believed that Tlachtga (like other ancient mounds such as Newgrange or Knowth) was closely linked to the spirit world and according to researchers, the old year’s fires were extinguished all across Ireland and, after sunset, the ceremonial New Year Samhain fire was lit on the hill. Torches were lit from this sacred fire and carried to seven other hills around the county including Tara and Loughcrew, and then on to light up the whole country.

This year the Púca festival is returning to the Boyne Valley and Athboy for its second year. Daily tours of Tlachtga will be held from the 27th of October to the 31st of October from 11am-4pm.

We are also delighted to see the Spirits of Meath Festival returns to the Boyne Valley. This Festival has now been running for 12 years in Meath and we are always delighted to be a part of it. Here is a run down of the events to look out for at the Lawrence Hotel.

Tlachtga Abhaile

We are delighted to welcome back actress, professional singer and qualified tour guide Fiona Dalton to bring this local legend alive in an original living history performance of story and song that will both enthral and entertain you.

This wonderful piece of drama was written and directed by Mr Gerry Mead. It depicts with humor and song the true celebration of Samhain and is performed in a beautiful location, right here at the Lawrence hotel in the historic town of Athboy, only minutes away from the location where Halloween all began. Tlachtga, as the Hill of Ward is know was the highest parliment of the ruling Druids and it is where the first fires were lit to establish the new year. This show forms part of an evening evoking Samhain tradition at the Lawrence. Guests who book the event will enjoy a Samhain experience meal with our Gastro alert Druid chef and immerse themselves in a show with traditional music to end the evening. This amazing experience for history buffs or visitors wishing to experience the true origin of Halloween!!! Tlachtga Abhaile is home!! Join her and find out the real story!

Call us on 046 948 7001 or email to book your tickets now.

Samhain Family Feast

After the trials and tribulations that 2020 and 2021 brought, we should all gather as a family as much as possible! Thats why we have decided to bring you our Samhain family feast on Sunday the 31st of October. We will be taking bookings for 1-5pm in our private dining room, restaurant and Coburns Bar. The kids will have a great time at our Halloween treasure hunt too!

To book- just call us on 046 948 7001 or email

Midterm Madness at the Lawrence Hotel

Why not relax and stay the night with the kids. County Meath and Athboy is the perfect place to base yourself for the Spirits of Meath festival this year. Our luxurious family suite (yes, two seperate rooms) is great for you and the kids! Enjoy Bed and Breakfast, an evening meal for the entire family and a spooks and witches colouring pack for the kids.

Activities nearby for Halloween

Apart from the Púca Festival there are lots of activities near to us here in the Lawrence Hotel. Spooka Spooka in Causey farm is a family friendly day out with lots of fun including a magician and brromstick ride. Causey Farm is only a 5 minute drive from us here in Athboy.

Farmaphobia is definitely not for the faint hearted. Attractions this year include WW11 zombies, Carnevil, Purge night and Mamas murder Maize. Tickets usually get booked out weeks in advance so get in there early. Farmaphobia is also based on Causey farm and is only a 5 minute drive from us here in the Lawrence Hotel.

So what are you waiting for- start planning your trip to Meath and Athboy for the best Halloween experience in Ireland. We can’t wait to welcome you!


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