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St Johns Night

So it's St Johns Night tonight and it looks like it's a big deal locally (our first year here).  It was something we did (and still do at home) but it looks like it's died out in other areas.  Certainly wasn't a thing the last few years.

Anyway, looks like the locals are building up a nice little pyre...  There's plenty of burnables including a few mattresses and God only knows what else.  It's mostly pallets and off-cuts of wood from the building site.  It's on some waste ground just across the road from us.  There's another row of houses perpendicular to the house in the picture as well.  The prevailing winds usually blow towards the gable of the neighbours house or towards us and there's never anything less than brisk breeze, being on a hill by the coast...

Anyway, what are peoples thoughts on the picture?  I think it's quite big and it'll go up like tinder.  It's at least 8ft high and 50-70m away from us, though obviously much closer to the other houses.

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What the fuck is Johns night?
Often the sheep do not like the sheepdog,  until the wolf comes.  Then the sheep try to hide behind the sheepdog, begging for his protection.
It's a cork thing....and parts of west Clare too.
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Seems big in West Mayo as well.
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If that goes up well anything plastic within 50 feet will melt, depending on how close that wall behind it is that could crack due to the radiated heat annnd depending on what is in it the smoke could be toxic.
It has grown in size since. Telescopic forklift with more pallets and some furniture and plastic buckets. It's bone dry so I think it'll go fairly well.

Some idiot just made a bench 6ft downwind...
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Just spent St Johns night on the beach. Apparently its big here. Small fires, couple thousand people and lots and lots of BBQ's on the go.

good night but I did not jump through the fire which they do here
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