The May Altar

By Rose McHugh

Rose McHugh pictured on the right with Mary O'Boyle

My memory

On May Day we got out of the press under the stairs, some small vases and we also had to get a small linen cloth with a lace edging. This was placed under the statue of Our Lady. Cowslips and primroses were put in the small vases each side of the statue. Also, my mother banned us from bringing May Blossom into the house – why I don’t know. This is my memory from Rathdowney, Co Laois

When did this happen?

1940 -1965

Where did this happen?

Rathdowney, Co. Laois

Rose McHugh is coordinator of the National Museum’s Knitting Group

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