May Sunday

Glenbower Wood is situated on what used to be the estate of the De Cappell Brooke family. 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. 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. In the 1920s, the festival became very popular, spilling out of the Wood and onto the main street. It was a colorful event which featured music, dancing, food, and many other activities.

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.

Unfortunately, the last May Sunday celebration was in 2001. With your help, we hope to bring it back!


Help Shape Creative Killeagh

Invitation:  Help shape the Creative Killeagh Program
Monday 9th October, 7pm at Greywood Arts

We invite representatives of community groups, local business owners, and interested individuals to meet the lead artists of Creative Killeagh.

Join us for a cup of tea and conversation. Let us know about your group, what you’d like to see happen in Killeagh, how you’d like to get involved, or simply share your memories of May Sundays past.

RSVP: contact Jessica 083 845 1750 or