Bealtaine Postcard

Sadly, like so many more community based festivals, Bealtaine Festival Sligo 2020 has been cancelled, but this year Sligo Arts Service have commissioned a very special Bealtaine Postcard project.

Entitled ‘Sabhaircíní buí ’ this project is named after the Irish word for Primroses, which are considered the traditional ‘May flower’ in many parts of Ireland.  Bealtaine itself means the month of May, with all of its associations of emergence and renewal.  ‘Sabhaircíní buí’ is a selection of commissioned poems and an artwork print etching.  The writers involved in the project are writer Maura Gilligan, retired teacher Nora Ryan and visual artist and writer Crona Gallagher.  

The idea of the postcards is to follow the old Irish Bealtaine tradition of leaving May flowers at your neighbour’s door, said to bring good luck, hopes for a bountiful summer and the protection of family, home and livestock.

The ‘Sabhaircíní buí’ postcards will, we hope, bring a little of the May blessing to your door during the month of May and the rest of the year.

A Sligo Arts Service project May 2020, supported by Sligo County Councils ‘Age Friendly Programme


If you would like to receive a set of these commissioned poems, you can do so by contacting the Sligo Covid19 Community Response Helpdesk on

Free Phone      1890 292 765

Text                 SLIGO to 50100 followed by your request for a copy of the Bealtaine Postcards