May Altar and May flowers


Hawthorn or May Flower
Lorna Elms

My memory

A custom, I only remembered when looking at the other entries, was that we always had a May altar at school in Limerick City. My mother isn’t Irish so we didn’t do this in our house. She also didn’t understand the whole thing about May flowers not being brought into the house so one of us innocently brought May flower into school for the May altar. The teacher in Limerick City actually threw out the beautiful flowers, so the custom of not bringing them indoors was very much alive in Limerick in the 1980s.

When did this happen?


Where did this happen?

Limerick City, North Circular Road.


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