June 23rd is known as bonfire night in Ireland.
It's a tradition carried on from the pagan midsummer festival - which was then moved to become St Johns Eve when the Catholic Church hijacked all the pagan festivals for themselves.
In the past - people would say prayers, asking for God's blessing upon their crops. They would also take ashes from the fire, and spread them over their land as a blessing for protection for their crops. It was also common to have music, singing, dancing, around the bonfire.
As might be expected, there was plenty of eating and drinking! In some areas of Connacht a special dish called “Goody” was made. This
was white ‘shop-bread’ which had been soaked in hot milk and flavored
with sugar and spices. It was usually made in a large pot that was
either placed on the bonfire or heated on a smaller fire close
by. Revelers brought their own spoons and bowls if they wanted to share
in the “Goody.”
Some people would bring home an ember from the communal fire and place it on the family
hearth. Some families also kept ashes from the fire for luck, others
because they believed the ashes would ensure a peaceful death to old
people who were ailing.
Now it's more of an excuse for everyone to burn all their rubbish - even though it's illegal.
You shouldn't hear any fireworks - because they are illegal too in Ireland - but there will probably be a few let off anyway . Laws aren't followed too strictly here in Ireland !
Halloween is also a popular night in Ireland for bonfires (October 31st).
In England they have Bonfire Night on November 5th to remember the failed attempt by Catholic Guy Fawkes to blow up the houses of Parliament.