May Eve will be celebrated in piseog and story

Norma Prendiville

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Norma Prendiville

Pat O'Donovan of the Knockfierna Heritage Society
MAY Eve traditions will be celebrated on the historic Knockfierna Hill next Tuesday evening.

MAY Eve traditions will be celebrated on the historic Knockfierna Hill next Tuesday evening.

And, promises Pat O’Donovan of the Knockierna Heritage Society, many of the piseogs of yesteryear will be recast and retold as part of the evening’s entertainment

“May Eve is very much associated with land, eggs, meat, hay, milk, gardens, holy wells, cattle and of course butter-making,” Mr O’Donovan goes on.

“For example, it was common practice in rural Ireland, including in Co Limerick, to shake Easter water on all the livestock and in each field on May Eve. And to find eggs hidden in hay or manure on May Eve signified bad luck. But it was considered lucky, as well as being good for the complexion, to wash your face in the May morning dew.”

Another practice, now redundant, according to Mr O’Donovan was that farmers stayed up all night on May Eve to protect their cows, He and others will be recounting these and other traditions associated wtih the day.

But there will also be a chance to walk the hill, where cottages from Famine times have been restored and where the lazy beds for potatoes can still be discerned.

A lot of work has been done in the past year to improve the walking trails on the hill, Mr O’Donovan points out and he has issued an open invitation to people to come along and join in.

The walk starts at 7,30pm.