May Sunday

Celebrating the creativity, history, and ecology of Killeagh.


ONLINE TUTORIALS

  • The Folly Project – learn to make chimes and garlands from recycled materials like tin cans and jar lids. Artist Aoife Banville will collect your creations and turn them into a folly – a structure built just to enjoy how it looks – as part of the Art Trail. Click here to learn more!
  • Paper Cranes – learn how to make a paper crane for the art trail – info coming soon.

WORKSHOPS

More information & booking details coming soon!

  • Wednesday April 28th: Make a May Bush with Lisa Cahill
  • Thursday April 29th: Poetry Day Poet-Tree Workshop
  • Saturday May 2nd: Lantern Making with Caoimhe Dunn


EVENTS

  • Pop-Up Exhibition of work by local artists on May Sunday (May 2nd)
  • Spotlight Series: Greywood Arts – online talk presented by Social Impact Ireland Thursday May 6th.
  • Litter Pick – Sunday May 9th – let’s look after our woodland.

More to be announced!


THE ARTISTS INVOLVED

Artists will be announced the week commencing April 12th.


TRAIL MAP

Check back on Friday April 23rd for a map of the art trail. It is designed to be self-guided and experienced in a safe, socially distant way.


HISTORY

Glenbower Wood is situated on what used to be the estate of the De Cappell Brooke family in the village of Killeagh, in East Cork. In the 1830s, De Cappell Brooke began making improvements to his home as well as the land surrounding. After the improvements had been completed, De Cappell Brooke invited the entirety of the community to celebrate on the first Sunday in May. This became a yearly event known as May Sunday. It was the only day of the year on which the Wood was open to the public. The date also, perhaps not so coincidentally, coincides with ancient Druid “Fertility Rite” that would have been celebrated on the same date with hopes for a fruitful year and the Feast of Our Lady.

In the 1920s, the festival became very popular, spilling out of the Wood and onto the main street. It was a colourful event which featured music, dancing, food, and many other activities. Unfortunately, in 2001 the festival was unable to proceed due to Foot & Mouth disease. After a nearly 20-year hiatus, Greywood Arts revived some of the May Sunday traditions, placing the emphasis back on the festival’s origin in Glenbower Wood. In 2018, a reimagined version of the festivities celebrated local creativity, history and ecology through a programme devised in collaboration with artists and community groups, and supported by Cork County Council. Building on the success of the revived festival, the activities expanded in 2019 – and in 2020 the festival was once again cancelled – this time due to Covid-19. You can find the 2018 & 2019 programmes archived at www.creativekilleagh.ie

We are delighted to be back in 2021 with the May Sunday Art Trail – once again reimagining what it means to celebrate our locality – but in a safe and socially distant way.


VOLUNTEERS WANTED!

We need volunteers to help with:

  • Installation of the art trail on Thursday April 29 and Friday April 30th.
  • Take down & clean up on Monday May 10th.
  • Art-Guardianship – we are creating a rota of volunteers to periodically walk the wood and check on the art .
  • Meet & Greet – help us have a festival staff presence on the opening and closing weekends, providing info and answering questions.
  • Putting up posters.