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The Coming of Summer
By Bernie Byron
2, Apr 2012 - 20:05

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The National Museum of Ireland - Country Life and the Linenhall Arts Centre needs details of:

1. How and where people are still ‘welcoming the summer' in the 21st century and
2. Memories of May Days Past.

We are conducting an online survey to find out just how widespread the practice of celebrating ‘the coming of summer' is in a modern, technological Ireland. Please submit details of how you celebrate May Day by visiting

You are also invited to share memories of May Days Past, particularly in relation to May Eve and May Day. Examples of customs include: May Altars, flowers left on the doorstep, flowers or branches hung above the threshold of house and byre , May Eve bonfires, May Poles, May Queens and Parades. Do you remember these or any other May Day customs? If so, please add your memories by submitting the online survey form on

Further details on

For further information please contact:
General details: Eorann Kavanagh, National Museum of Ireland - Country Life. Tel: (094) 903 1758; email: or Lorna Elms, Education & Outreach Dept., National Museum of Ireland - Country Life. Tel: (094) 903 1751; Mob: 086 8526551; email:

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