Celebrating Lughnasa & Harvest Knot making

Workshop with Deirdre McGuirke

By Mary O'Malley

As part of Heritage Week August 2019, in Louisburgh we were delighted to attend two workshops in Tia Cafe, hosted by Deirdre McGuirke, a local Tour Guide and Major in Culture & Heritage studies.

During the ancient festival of Lughnasa it was traditional in Ireland to make Harvest Knots. Men would make these as love tokens to give to their sweethearts to be worn at the festival dance.

Deirdre brought some amazing straw which was soaked in water for a few hours prior to the workshop making it pliable and flexible to work with. She had great patience with us and her relaxed teaching encouraged us all to complete our very own Harvest Love Knots. Her knowledge of folklore and customs is vast and we hope there will be more interesting evenings planned over the coming months. 

Thank you to everyone who participated and to Ana in Tia for the venue. 

Photo:Straw

Straw

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Photo:Concentration needed

Concentration needed

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Photo:Busy at work

Busy at work

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Photo:Finished Harvest knots

Finished Harvest knots

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