July to September
3rd week of July - Swan Upping
‘All up!’ is the cry as a family of swans and cygnets is spotted, and the Swan Uppers carefully position their boats around the swans, lift them from the water and check their health.
24th July - St. Declan of Ardmore
Pilgims crawl on face and hands through the narrow space between the boulder and the underlying rock on his patron day to receive healing and blessings.
21st July - St. Mullin's Pilgrimage
Many say that for generations hundreds of “cures” have taken place at the Well
16th July Macdara’s Day - Féile Mhic Dara
‘a certain captain of the garrison at Galway, neglected to dip his sails and ended up being killed in a shipwreck.'
15th July - St Swithin's Day
... there is a grain of truth in it, as weather often locks into a pattern in high summer...
5th July - Tynwald Day, Isle of Man’s National Day
Slaynt as shee as eash dy vea, as maynrys son dy bra - Health and peace and length of life and happiness for ever.
3rd July to 11th August - Dog Days of Summer
Dog days bright and clear indicate a good year ... and what rhymes with rain?