Oíche Bhealtaine

Síocháin agus suaimhneas, peace and tranquillity are what the day seems to have in stock for us all.


Radiated by sunlight and no wind, Inis Meáin is awarded with another glance on nature; the flatness of the sea is showing its variety in colours so I can figure out the differences of her deepness. Wide ranges of shadows of clouds above, reflecting into the sea instead of onto, due to the circumstances, I can also see but in a vertical way this time. There is Straw island on the left of me, the easterly outpost of Inis Mór, in her flatness of the moment it looks like a fried egg, the lighthouse as the yolk nicely in the middle as is Trácht Each situated almost opposite, being unclenched now of any rough wave that might come in, to resist for there are none. No obstacle or what so ever of white in colour, will hit the seashore now. What a lovely start of the day and the new season lying in front of us, for this happens on the threshold of the first day of Summer.

Have a wish
The cuckoo must have been triggered by this ostensible atmosphere of equilibrium also; although his call is coming from far away, I hear him, for me the very first time this year. Summer is!

Summer has arrived
As all good things use to come in three, the third but planned event is the annual event of the confirmation. This year to be received by two youngsters. The happy buzz around the preparation started already the night before with the decoration of the church. Big papers with drawings and texts about the subject are hung on the walls. Coloured ribbons decorate the front benches and everywhere there is a lovely smell of fresh flowers. A last lick of white paint is given to one of the front gables. The national flag and a string of little flags mark the entrance to the church. On a sun-drenched afternoon after an tArd Easpag or the Archbishop, from Tuam with the local priest and two other visiting priests, enter the church with the youngsters in their midst. On one side almost all the benches are filled with red, the colleague pupils in uniform, on the other side there is the choir and the community to give a warm welcome to the youngsters. All in all, it was a festive event.

Slán go fóill,
Elisabeth from Inis Meáin