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Maypole dancer | by Esther Moliné
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Maypole dancer

by the Active Age Group, Drumreilly, Co Leitrim.At the Harold's Cross Festival, Dublin.

In the 14th century the Archbishop of Dublin maintained a gallows on the green where criminals were hanged. Later on, a Maypole replaced the gallows and was the centre of much merriment and dancing every may, until the practice ceased around the middle of the 19th century. (Information taken from 'Harolds Cross' by Joe Curtis)

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Taken on May 8, 2011