Let's Welcome the Summer!

Over the next number of years we aim to record the traditional ways in which people across the island of Ireland celebrate the coming of summer.


In this section you can find out more about the survey and submit information about YOUR May customs using our online form


Each form submitted will add a new pin to our 'Welcoming the Summer' map. Click on each pin for more information.


Photographs taken on May Day 2011 of flowers on the doorsteps of three west of Ireland towns, show that May is still celebrated in Co Mayo and gets our Survey map up and running. If you welcome May in your town or county then please submit a survey form and be counted!

Page link: Flowers on doorstep
Flowers on doorstep
Kells Co. Meath.
Page link: About the Survey
About the Survey
Welcoming the summer in the 21st century
Page link: Customs Survey Form
Customs Survey Form
Submit your May Customs
Page link: May Altar
May Altar
Smithborough, Monaghan
Page link: Flowers / May Bough
Flowers / May Bough
Rosenallis Co. Laois
Page link: Flowers on doorstep
Flowers on doorstep
Arklow, Co wicklow
Page link: Flowers on doorstep
Flowers on doorstep
Claremorris, Co. Mayo
Page link: Flowers on doorstep
Flowers on doorstep
St Michaels Tce, Arklow Co wicklow
Page link: May Altar
May Altar
Crookstown area, Co. Cork
Page link: May Bush
May Bush
Ballyhaise, Cavan
Page link: May Dew
May Dew
Roscam, Galway
Page link: May Pole / Dancing
May Pole / Dancing
Arklow Sea Scout Hall, Dock Road, Arklow, Co. Wicklow.
Page link: Flowers / Bough over the threshold
Flowers / Bough over the threshold
Ashbourne, County Meath
Page link: Flowers on doorstep
Flowers on doorstep
My House, Boyle, Roscommon
Page link: May Altar
May Altar
Ardara, Co. Donegal
Page link: May Bush
May Bush
Corrageen, Rathnure, Enniscorthy, Co.Wexford
Page link: May Bush
May Bush
Mullaghbawn, Co Armagh
Page link: Sprinkling of Holy Water
Sprinkling of Holy Water
Rathordan, Cashel, County Tipperary
Page link: Bough over the threshold
Bough over the threshold
Lahinch, Co Clare
Page link: Flowers on doorstep
Flowers on doorstep
Castlebar Street, Newport Co Mayo
Page link: Flowers on doorstep
Flowers on doorstep
Castlebar, Co Mayo
Page link: Flowers on doorstep
Flowers on doorstep
Altamount Street, Westport, Co. Mayo
Page link: Flowers on doorstep
Flowers on doorstep
Cloonturk, Kilkelly, Co Mayo
Page link: Flowers on doorstep
Flowers on doorstep
Fortlands estate, Castlebar.
Page link: Flowers on doorstep
Flowers on doorstep
Geashill, Co Offaly
Page link: Flowers on doorstep
Flowers on doorstep
Lusk, North Co Dublin
Page link: Flowers on doorstep
Flowers on doorstep
Market Square, Castlebar
Page link: Flowers on doorstep
Flowers on doorstep
May Custom: Mullingar
Page link: Flowers on doorstep
Flowers on doorstep
Mill Street, Westport, Co Mayo
Page link: Flowers on doorstep
Flowers on doorstep
On doorsteps all through the town of Westport Co. Mayo.
Page link: Flowers on doorstep
Flowers on doorstep
Scotstown village, Monaghan
Page link: Flowers on doorstep
Flowers on doorstep
Scotstown, Co Monaghan
Page link: Flowers on doorstep
Flowers on doorstep
The Mall, Westport Co. Mayo
Page link: Flowers on doorstep
Flowers on doorstep
Westport Co Mayo
Page link: Flowers on doorstep
Flowers on doorstep
Woodfield, Kilkelly, Co Mayo
Page link: May Altar
May Altar
Corridor of St. Theresa's Ward building
Page link: May Altar
May Altar
Rathcoole, Co. Dublin. Saggart, Co. Dublin.
Page link: May Altar
May Altar
Tiroddy, Ramelton, Co Donegal
Page link: May Altar
May Altar
Urbleshanny, Scotstown, Co Monaghan
Page link: May Altar, May Dew, Flowers on the Doorstep
May Altar, May Dew, Flowers on the Doorstep
Castlebar, Scoil RaifteirĂ­
Page link: May Bush
May Bush
Kiltormer, Ballinasloe Co Galway
Page link: May Bush
May Bush
Kiltormer, Ballinasloe, Co Galway
Page link: May Day Procession
May Day Procession
Drogheda, Co. Louth
Page link: May Dew
May Dew
Moynehall, Cavan
Page link: May Eve fire
May Eve fire
Garryowen, Limerick city
Page link: May Eve fire
May Eve fire
Shannon Banks, Athlunkard, Co. Clare.
Page link: May Fires & May Bush
May Fires & May Bush
Hill of Uisneach, Co. Westmeath
Page link: May morning
May morning
Enniscoe village and Crossmolina town, Co. Mayo
Page link: May Pole / Dancing / May Bush
May Pole / Dancing / May Bush
Ballinlaw, Slieverue, Co. Kilkenny.
Page link: Sprinkling of Easter water in the fields
Sprinkling of Easter water in the fields
Clashganny West, Newcastle Co Tipperary