Bluiríní Béaloidis is the podcast from The National Folklore Collection, University College Dublin, and is a platform to explore Irish and wider European folk tradition across an array of subject areas and topics. Hosts Jonny Dillon and Claire Doohan hope this informal and friendly tour through the folklore furrow will appeal to those who wish to learn about the richness and depth of our traditional cultural heritage; that a knowledge and understanding of our past might inform our present and guide our future.
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21 episodes
since April 18, 2017


The first of May is marked in Ireland (and across Europe more broadly), as a day on which the summer is welcomed in; where garlands of flowers decorate the houses, in which young women of the locality bring cattle up to higher summer pastures to graze, in which the community re-asserts its boundaries, and the family unit aims to garner for itself prosperity and good luck for the coming summer. In this excerpt from the archives of the National Folklore Collection, University College Dublin, Mary Woods (a native of county Leitrim) describes some of the beliefs and customs surrounding the first of May, particularly the fear that neighbours might attempt to steal away one's butter 'profit' for the year ahead through shape-shifting, or the use of magic at this time. To learn more about folk customs regarding Maytime in Irish folk tradition, listen back to episode two of Blúiríní Béaloidis, in which hosts Claire and Jonny bid welcome to the noble summer! https://soundcloud.com/folklore_podcast/bluirini-bealoidis-02-may-day-customs-traditions
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