Nuisance, yes. Four times the usual calls for fire and police departments.
Adults supervise, so not too many injuries. Kids for the past week have been
dragging wooden pallets and anything burnable through the streets to make
their bonfires bigger than the neighbours'. Halloween bonfires are a
cherished tradition and are found all over the country. May Eve bonfires are
still lit in some rural districts. The Department of Irish Folklore at UCD
has reverently photo-documented recent May Eve bonfires.
I pruned the on-line article in today's Irish Times www.irishtimes.com (it's
gone now) but kept the gist of it. The message is that the bonfires are bad.
The health and safety authorities are opposing a strong primitive
instinct -- fire and light to protect us against the cold and dark of winter
and the dangers inherent in the change of the seasons.
----- Original Message -----
From: "J.R. Raithbheartiagh" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Monday, October 18, 2010 7:45 PM
Subject: Re: [SEANCHAS-L] Bonfire tradition doused
> What a pity. Have the bonfires really been that much of a nuisance? Or
> is this sort of a 'South Dublin' thing? Surely the energy and effort used
> to 'stamp out' this activity could be used to address any number of more
> pressing issues in society? Perhaps I am missing something not made clear
> in the article?
> slán go fóill,
> scríobh Richard Marsh
>> neighbours, Dublinâ?Ts local authorities are employing various tactics
>> year to stamp out the age-old tradition of setting Halloween bonfires.