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Ireland in May

Events, Holidays and Other Highlights During May in Ireland

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May in Ireland - Jim Larkin throwing up his hands in despair about the nearly missing International Workers Day

May in Ireland - Jim Larkin throwing up his hands in despair about the nearly missing International Workers Day

© Bernd Biege 2014

A quick note before we start with the May in Ireland - this is a listing of the events, holidays and other remarkable, calendar-related things that come up every year. A general introduction to the Irish month of May, so to say.

The listings will be added to over time, with links to related content, so see it very much as a work in progress.

If you think that an event or date merits inclusion here (not one-off events, please, only well-established and regular ones), do not hesitate to drop me a line ...

Public Holidays

May in the Irish Calendar

  • May 1st - Bealtaine (ancient holiday, today mainly celebrated by Neo-Pagans).
  • May 1st - International Workers Day (events organised by trade unions take place around this day in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, but the day is not designated a public holiday). 
  • May 16th - Feast Day of Saint Brendan the Navigator

Regular May Events in Ireland

  • The Fleadh Nua music festival takes over the streets and pubs of Ennis, County Clare.

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