Tuesday 21 May 2019

Gorey welcomes the traditional May Bush

The Gorey May Bush, Ceol Mo Chroi, decorating the May Bush at Gorey Civic Square
The Gorey May Bush, Ceol Mo Chroi, decorating the May Bush at Gorey Civic Square

Cathy Lee

The Gorey traditional May Bush has now been decorated with ribbons, painted egg shells and colour by the people of Gorey and the surrounding areas and stands proudly for all to see at the Civic Square, Gorey with the help of Ceol Mo Chroí to welcome the month of May.

'We decorated the May Bush together as a community and shared some traditional songs, poetry, and stories despite the rain. We had a lovely warm exchange of traditions from a wide representation of Gorey District,' said Rachel Uí Fhaoláin of Ceol Mo Chroí, who is traditional music teacher based locally.

'It was a very good event, with a lot of local children taking part. Since last year the May Bush tradition has been growing really well and Rachel Uí Fhaoláin did a lot of work this year out of her own good will,' said Cllr Fionntán Súilleabháin, who made a speech on the evening.

In April, children and their families came together and joined traditional singer Rachel Uí Fhaoláin in Gorey Library to prepare their pieces for the May Bush and learn about the traditions of Ceol Mo Chroí through workshops.

The children sang some simple traditional songs written by Rachel and the Ceol Mo Chroí traditional singing club, which helped the children to understand the May Bush tradition, which celebrates the beginning of the summer season.

Ceol Mo Chroí would like to thank the members of Gorey.PL Polish Cultural Association, the Syrian and the Sri Lankan community for sharing the evening, as well as Down To Earth Gorey and Wexford County Council, who all made contributions.

There is now a new stone plaque, donated and sculpted by Peter Kavanagh that stands beneath the May Bush which reads 'Let's decorate the May Bush, tá Bealtaine anseo'.

Gorey Guardian