Bealtaine Fire on Slieve Aughty 1995.

A year gone by and we were back on Slieve Aughty for the Bealtaine fire The mountain welcomed us for we had a glorious night with the stars shining clear overhead and a gentle breeze rippling over the heather. It was great to see everbody arrive, new and old faces from last year. Great to see children there, their little faces awed by the fire, a memory for them to treasure. People arrived from all directions, some bringing wood and kindling, others instruments, others wine which warmed many a tummy through the night, everybody brought a smile and a friendly word. Music and laughter drifted over the hills and from below it sounded other wordly - a mystery in the dark. Everybody jumped the fire, bringing the old custom back alive and for some the heartbeat at Uisneach could be felt pulsing through us and on outward. Seeing another fire between Clare and Tipperary was amazing and we sent our love to those that shared another mountain top. Some stayed the night and kept the fire going, and were welcomed with a glorious sunny morning. We left Slieve Aughty with light in our hearts and a promise to be back for next year.


At Bealtaine this year, several fires were lit on hillsides all over the country. There were blazes reported in Co. Donegal, Co. Sligo, Co. Leitrim, Co. Cavan, Co. Galway, four in Co. Tipperary, Co. Cork, two in Co. Wicklow, two in Co. Meath, two in Co. Longford, Co. Antrim and Co. Down.

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