School: Cnoc Aoibhinn (Mount Pleasant) (roll number 13500)

Location:
Mountpleasant, Co. Mayo
Teacher:
Peadar Ó Longáin

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Strawboys

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0090, Page 171

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When there is a marriage in this district a wedding is usually given at the bridegrooms home.
The young boys of the villiage who are not invited go to the wedding "in straw".
"At night fall."
They assemble in a barn in the villiage. They dress here. They cover themselves with straw. They put bands of straw on their legs and arms. They weave tall hats and put masks on their faces. One man is chosen as "captain" They chose a small man and dress him as a woman.
He is the captains "wife"
All carry sticks. The captain leads them to the wedding. When they arrive at the house the captain

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Collector
Patrick Muldoon
Gender
male
Address
Ballyglass, Co. Mayo
Language
English