May (Bealtaine) 3rd


1714 - Sir Wentworth Harman, MP for Lanesborough, dies from the wounds he receives in a carriage accident on April 28


1785 - The Irish Academy, later to become the Royal Irish Academy, meets for the first time


1903 - Bing Crosby, descendant of Irish immigrants, is born in Tacoma, Washington, as Harry Lillis Crosby


1915 - Birth in Galway of novelist Walter Macken


1916 - Patrick Pearse, Thomas Clarke and Thomas MacDonagh executed by firing squad in Kilmainham jail


1921 - IRA troops under Tom Maguire fight off 600 English troops in Tourmakeady, Co. Mayo

1924 - The world premiere of Sean O’Casey’s Juno And The Paycock took place at the Abbey Theatre

1928 - Fianna Fail petition with 96,000 signatures, calling for referendum to abolish the Oath of Allegiance rejected by Government which instead abolishes the plebiscite clause in the Constitution


1933 - Dail passes an act removing the Oath of Allegiance from the constitution


1938 - Birth of Robert O'Driscoll, writer and professor of English.

2007 - The UVF and RHC issued a statement declaring an end to its armed campaign. The statement noted that they would retain their weapons but put them "beyond reach".


Feast Days:


St. Conleth of Kildare, Bishop
(also known as Conleat)

Died c. 519; feast day also on May 10. Conleth, an Irish recluse at Old Connell (County Kildare) on the Liffey, was a metal- worker and very skilled as a copyist and illuminator. Saint Brigid, according to her vita by Cogitosus, came to know him and invited him to make sacred vessels for her convent and asked him to be the spiritual director of her nuns at Kildare.


Eventually, he became the first bishop of Kildare, which the Annuario Pontificio quotes as being founded in 519. Conleth, Tassach of Elphin (Saint Patrick's craftsman), and Daigh (craftsman of Kieran of Saigher were acclaimed the "three chief artisans of Ireland" during their period. Conleth, who was the head of the Kildare school of metal-work and penmanship, is traditionally regarded as the sculptor of the crosier of Saint Finbar of Termon Barry, which can now be seen in the Royal Irish Academy. He also created the golden crown that was suspended over Brigid's tomb.


A gloss in an Irish martyrology says that he was devoured by wolves on his way to Rome--a journey undertaken against the wishes of Brigid. This could be an explanation of his name: coin "to wolves" and leth "half" (Benedictines, Curtayne, D'Arcy, Farmer, Montague, Neeson).


St. Scannal of Cell-Coleraine

Died after 563. The celebrated missionary Saint Scannal was a disciple of Saint Columba (f.d. June 9) (Benedictines).