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The Year in Ireland: Irish Calendar Customs
by Kevin Danaher
This volume describes how the round of the year, with its cycle of festivals and seasonal work, was observed in the Ireland of yesterday. We follow the rhythm of the year from New Year to Easter,May Day to Harvest and Christmas along the chain of highdays and feastdays, St Brighid’s Day, The Borrowed Days, Midsummer, St Swithin’s Day, Lunasa, The Pattern Day, Samhain, Martinmas and Christmas. The rich and warm life of Irish folk tradition unfolds, the work of farm and fishing boat – belief and usage – feasting and merrymaking.