Bonfire Night June 23, 2009

On June 23rd, the Celtic Midsummer, Drumsna once again celebrated bonfire night. Though we have moved the site of the fire around the village, the nature of the celebrations have remained unchanged through the centuries. As elsewhere in the Celtic world, the Drumsna bonfire is lit exactly at sunset, tradition also dictates that the fire should be watched until the next morning. Food, drink and stories are shared around the fire. The Celts usually sited there fires near water or holy wells, this year our fire appropriately burned on the banks of the magnificent Shannon. Superstition has it that the ashes of the fire if scattered on crops will improve the harvest, we can report back in the Autumn if this has been the case in 2009.