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Country Life

Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co Mayo

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In Ireland, at Halloween, we carved turnips to create scary-faced lanterns. The term, Jack o’ Lanterns, takes its name from the folktale about Jack, who was welcome neither in Heaven or Hell and was destined to wander the countryside forever, with just a lantern to light the way.

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Ghost turnip
Ghost turnip. NMI Collections F1943.350

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Country Life

Turlough Park,
Co. Mayo,
F23 HY31

+353 94 903 1755