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Kelsey and Alisha Goucher from Tullycanna with their May Bush

Kelsey and Alisha Goucher from Tullycanna with their May Bush

Jude, Mary, Matthew and Owen with their May Bush in Des Moines, Iowa.

Jude, Mary, Matthew and Owen with their May Bush in Des Moines, Iowa.

Eamonn Keating proudly displays his May Bush in Gusserane.

Eamonn Keating proudly displays his May Bush in Gusserane.

Jessica and Eilis Concannon in Ballycanew.

Jessica and Eilis Concannon in Ballycanew.

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Kelsey and Alisha Goucher from Tullycanna with their May Bush

While we're certainly living through strange times at the moment, even Covid-19 couldn't disrupt the renewal of one old Wexford tradition. In recent years, Michael Fortune and Aileen Lambert have been encouraging people to decorate their own May Bush as part of the Wexford May Bush Festival.

The idea has its roots in the ancient tradition of decorating a bush, traditionally a white thorn or gorse, with ribbons, seasonal flowers and coloured egg shells.

The practice was said to bring good luck and welcome the summer season.