Sunday May2nd saw the renewal of an old tradition -a May Festival.
The festival was organised by the Village Community Council:
"The Harold’s Cross Village Community Council is a
well-established community group representing the residents of Harold’s
Cross and its environs. The group wish to regenerate Harold’s Cross as a
vibrant village community. Plans to revive a 19th century
tradition of a Mayday Festival in the park will bring diversity to the
community with local children, adults and the Russian Orthodox Church
coming together on the day. All the residents associations, local
businesses, clubs and societies have welcomed the concept.
History / Heritage: Records
illustrate that prior to the 20th century a festival was held
every year in May in Harold’s Cross Park. In the 18th
century the Archbishop of Dublin maintained a gallows on the green
roughly opposite the present cemetery entrance where criminals were
hanged. Later on a Maypole replaced the gallows and it was the centre of
much merriment and dancing in May until the practice ceased around the
middle of the 19th century.
You can see some photos of the event here