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TALK & STORYTELLING: Old Irish May Customs

April 27 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm UTC+0

Celebrated on 1 May, Bealtaine was one of the four great festivals of the Celtic year. An important day in the rural calendar, it marked the beginning of summer and the movement of cattle from lowland winter pasture to higher ground. It was also believed to be a time when the door to the otherworld was ajar, and the fairies and the dead could communicate with the living. Dairy production was thought to be especially vulnerable to supernatural mischief between sunset on May Eve and sunrise on May Day, so the farming community used charms to protect their grass, animals and dairy produce.

As May approaches, join ‘Ireland’s greatest living storyteller’ Eddie Lenihan as he discusses the various customs and superstitions associated with May Eve and May Day, and shares some stories connected with this once important time of year.

This event is free of charge, but places are limited so advance booking is advised. Call (091) 532460 or email

Suitable for ages 12+ and adults


April 27
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm UTC+0
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Galway City Museum
(091) 532 460
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Galway City Museum
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