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Liz Weir MBE, one of the hosts of the upcoming ‘Summer Solstice Stories’ online event

Liz Weir MBE, one of the hosts of the upcoming ‘Summer Solstice Stories’ online event

Liz Weir MBE, one of the hosts of the upcoming ‘Summer Solstice Stories’ online event

Storytelling greats Liz Weir MBE from Antrim, Paddy O'Brien from Cork and Galway's Órla McGovern will host 'Summer Solstice Stories' online with Mermaid Arts Centre on Friday, June 19, at 8 p.m.

Tickets for the Zoom event are €5 at mermaidartscentre.ie.

The summer solstice is one of the most ancient of human festivals.

It occurs at the midway point in the year when the sun is highest in the sky and the days are longer than the nights.

In ancient times, people all over the northern hemisphere would celebrate this time with bonfires, games, stories and feasting. In Ireland, celebrations date back over 5,000 years to ancient Ireland.

The importance of the summer solstice ties back to ancient Celtic society's reliance on agriculture and crops.

The reliance and appreciation for the sun is what brought people closer to nature.

Through suffering and hardships during the winter months, the solstice became an important celebration for success and ease during the summer.

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