May Altar

By Martina Walsh

Flowers made for the exhibition in the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life

My memory

I remember preparing a little area in my bedroom every May, so that we could have a May altar. May was the month of “Our Lady” and so we gathered flowers from the garden and ditches. Little jars were kept to be used as vases. We had a small statue of Mary and surrounded it with primroses. I always felt the room was different during this month. Even after May was over we sometimes continued putting fresh flowers in the vase.

When did this happen?

1980s and earlier

Where did this happen?

At home in Partry

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