Féile na Bealtaine

An Caorthann or the rowan tree (mountain-ash), one of several plants associated with Bealtaine traditions
An Caorthann or the rowan tree (mountain-ash), one of several plants associated with Bealtaine traditions

Some appropiate links for Lá Bealtaine, traditionally the first day of summer by the indigenous calendars of the Irish, Scots and Manx (and probably for the Celtic peoples as a whole). The Dos Bhealtaine or May Bush is up already, the branches and flowers cut from the caorthann or rowan tree in my garden. The ribbons are red and white, the colours of my family’s heraldic crest and the mythical Aos Sí. And perhaps of revolutionary Gaels too? 😉

Tuatha Dé Danann
Na Fomhóraigh
Lucharacháin
An Sí
Na Fathaigh
Na Bocánaigh, Na Bánánaigh
Na Púcaí
Na Péisteanna
Na Murúcha
Seanchas Agus Litríocht na nGael
Na Fianna

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9 comments

    1. Oh, that is interesting! I wonder how it will develop? I like Eoin Magennis’ answer here,

      Most exciting place or time in the eighteenth-century:
      Boston in the 1770s.”

      I’d almost agree 🙂

        1. Weighty and expensive. I think I used up my annual quota of book money in January but I’m tempted. Sorely… 😉 Must have a root around on-line see if I can find a slightly cheaper copy. Then I can justify it to myself!

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