This is the biggest event in the Bealtaine Cottage diary and this year is the eleventh celebration of Summer in the permaculture gardens!
As part of the anniversary celebration, Bealtaine Cottage and gardens will be open all day on Friday the 1st of May, Bealtaine!
And open to all well-wishers who want to celebrate Bealtaine with Colette on this most magical of places in the West of Ireland.
There will be food, drink and a festival ambience for all friends of Bealtaine Cottage, free of charge.
This is an All-Day Event…come at whatever time suits you during daylight!
From Ballyfarnon in County Roscommon, travel on the R284 to Keadue for approx 4km.
In Keadue turn right at the top of Village, signposted Leitrim Village.
Travel for approx 2km and take right (L5036) and house is third on the left.
From Carrick on Shannon in County Leitrim, travel on the R284 to Leitrim Village, approx 5km.
In Leitrim Village go over bridge and take left road signposted Keadue.
Travel for approx 6km and take left (L5036) and house is third on the left.
The rain taps on the cottage roof as the Eve of Bealtaine draws in.
All the dry, warm weather is ended abruptly with heavy, rhythmic rain.
This Summer’s Eve will be freshened with Atlantic rain and the dry earth will release scents of green…yes, indeed, colour has a scent!
Bealtaine is the oldest festival in all of Europe and was historically celebrated on the Hill of Uisneach in County Westmeath.
This ancient ceremonial hill was, and remains, a sacred place and one of the most significant places of ancient ritual in all of Ireland.
This was the home of the Goddess Eriu…a place of High Kings and Tribes, a gathering place, where laws were passed and old allegiance re-newed!
Bealtaine“Beacon-fires lit upon its summit could be seen over a quarter of Ireland, and in most directions the hills upon the horizons could relay the message of the beacon as far as the sea-coast. The claim of Uisneach to be the centre of Ireland is thus quite justifiable, even though it may not be mathematically accurate.”[Macalister]
In Irish mythology, the beginning of the summer and the bright half of the year started with the Fire Festival at Bealtaine.
May Summer be long and joyful for you, with a great harvest all the way through.
Aquilegia, now growing all over the permaculture gardens and driveway of Bealtaine Cottage, from its beginnings here 8 years ago, with a handful of seed, saved from a some flowers growing in a garden in North London.
The time is near…Mayday, known as Bealtaine here in Ireland. It is pronounced “Be Al Tan Ah”
Irish mythology marks the beginning of May as the the start of the summer.
This was heralded in with the Fire Festival at Bealtaine.
Great bonfires would mark a time of purification and transition.
There was the hope of a good harvest later in the year, and celebrations were accompanied with rituals to protect the people from any harm by otherworldly spirits. Cattle would be driven through the dying embers of the great bonfires, to protect them from disease.
The Ancient Races who constructed Newgrange in Ireland aligned their monuments to the major solar events.
These were the Winter Solstice, the Spring Equinox, the Summer Solstice and the Autumn Equinox.
The solar year was further divided to mark the half way points between the major solar events giving the cross quarter days of Imbolc, Bealtaine, Lughnasadh and Samhain.
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