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Celebrating Lughnasa

The carved head of Lugh looks in all directionsLughnasa (earlier, Lughnasadh) was the feast of Lugh.

Lughnasa Lugh, carved by Michael Quirke A harvest festival, its celebration marked the end of the period of summer growth and the beginning of the autumn harvest.

Lugh, carved by Michael Qirke of SligoIts original name does not survive in popular tradition, that being now the common word in Irish (Lúnasa) for the month of August. 

Lugh of LughnasadhThe festival is rather known as the Sunday of Crom Dubh (the god of harvest), or in varying areas as Lammas Sunday, Garland Sunday, Bilberry Sunday, or Fraughan Sunday.

Burlap and lace flower arrangementThe first weekend in August marks Ireland’s changing-of-the-season festival of Lughnasa.

Burlap and lace flower arrangementThe Irish playwright, Brian Friel, wrote the now famous,“Dancing at Lughnasa” which is all centred around the pivotal point in the Celtic calendar, Lughnasa.

Bealtaine flowers at LughnasaThe Celts regarded the Earth as a fertile Goddess, to be nurtured and honoured…a way of living I now follow, as a care-taker and care-giver to Mother Earth.

flowers for MichelleThe gate-keeper to the sanctuary of Bealtaine Cottage.

Lughnasa flowers for Michelle's weddingToday is the final day of summer in the Celtic Calendar…Happy Lughnasa!


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16 years of Goddess Permaculture through the Bealtaine Project at Bealtaine Cottage, West of Ireland. Colette O'Neill is a writer, photographer, environmentalist and teacher who has devoted the past 16 years to turning 3 acres of derelict land into a woodland sanctuary for all life, planting over 1,100 trees in the process. Colette posts prolifically across Social Media, encouraging planting of trees and regeneration of Mother Earth. Her life energy is now devoted to the Great Goddess, Mother Earth!

11 thoughts on “Celebrating Lughnasa

    1. Have a lovely weekend ahead. The Lammas Festival is celebrated here in Ireland at Ballycastle in the North of the country. Many people climbed Croagh Patrick on Sunday as part of the celebrations.

  1. She is a lovely lady and her homestead is admirable…… but she is a pagan…. Doesn’t mean she is a bad person….but it does say something to me about her spiritual condition.

    1. Hi Shannon,
      It is important to note that I am not pagan.
      Pagan is a noun, meaning:
      A person holding religious beliefs other than those of the main world religions.
      As I follow the Divine in all I do, like many religions, I am not a pagan.

    2. You should leave it at she is a lovely lady. This is really all that matters. Here in Ireland it has always been our heritage to follow the seasons. Collete is describing a part of our history that most of us are no longer in touch with. Considering she is caring for the earth in all she does, it is apt-not pagan 🙂

          1. More power to you in all you do! I enjoyed reading through your journey so far…brambles, mobile home and high fashion! Thanks for the link and although I have very little spare time, being a one-woman effort, I look forward to dropping by now and again to enjoy your progress.
            Blessings to all from Colette at Bealtaine Cottage X

    3. Pagan certainly does not equal bad person. As for her “spiritual condition”, she is caring intimately for Mother Earth – giving Her new life and helping Her grow – what could be more spiritual than that?

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