We were fortunate enough to be asked to our friends – Steven and Belinda – wedding last week, at the amazing Belle Isle in Fermanagh.
The wedding was on midsummers day, and we were treated to a visit from aughakillymaude mummers, based in Fermanagh. The Straw Men are keeping alive traditional rituals and customs, and celebrate these occasions in ways that would otherwise be lost..Aughakillymaude means ‘the wooden field of the wild dog’, and there must surely be a good story there somewhere..
Having blessed the marriage, and entertained with song and dance, a fire was lit outside, and the mummers, and the bridegroom proceeded to jump through the fire. The mummers were great craic, and came in later on to carry on playing music…a great night.