True crime fans will love this murder mystery weekend in Waterford 1 year ago

True crime fans will love this murder mystery weekend in Waterford

Time to put your detective skills to the test. Some craic here.

Binged Evil Genius? Think you've got what it takes to free Steven Avery? Obsessed with every detail about The Jinx?

Well, if you're looking to indulge in a real life macabre mystery, we've got just the thing for you.

The wrongful conviction and subsequent hanging of innocent men for murder in the 1880s, and the mystery disappearance of a local postman on Christmas Day almost one hundred years ago, are among the many real life tragedies which will be under the spotlight at the bi-lingual Murder Mystery weekend planned for Dungarvan, Co Waterford, on November 16 and 17.

Locals and visitors with an interest in history, the law, language, anecdotes, mystery and mayhem, will be fascinated by the the two-day, free programme.

It’s all organised by the Irish Office at Waterford City and County Council as part of the ongoing Bliain na Gaeilge and Creative Ireland celebrations.

Yep, it's like a real life version of Cluedo and we're expecting you to crack the case.

You don’t even have to be a a fluent Irish speaker to join in because many of the big screen events will be subtitled and the events will be conducted in both Irish and English.

“Dungarvan, like many places, has its tragedies and its unsolved mysteries and crimes. Murder is a recurring theme in storytelling, in folklore and unfortunately, in real life. These mysteries and murders have fascinated people down through the generations," said the event's spokesperson, Máire Seó Breathnach.

Máire adds: “Our opening night events on Friday 16th November will look at a particularly fascinating aspect of justice when it comes to murder, probing how the truth was lost in translation in the Maam Trasna Murder Trial in the 1880s, as native Irish speakers from Connemara stood trial in an English-speaking court through a language they neither understood nor spoke. We will discuss if the same could apply today to non-English speaking immigrants who find themselves in Irish courts in today’s justice system.

Aside from this, there's also going to be free children’s storytelling and mask-making, big screen drama, walks, talks, storytelling, singing and much more.