School: Baile an Daingin (C.) (roll number 4828)

Location:
Ballindine, Co. Mayo
Teacher:
Máire de Staic

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0096, Page 651

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Every Christmas log fires used be light and all the family sat around and the old people told stories. On Christmas morning when they went to Mass they took a few wisps of straw from the crib, brought them home and put one under the rafters of each cabin and under the beds. This was supposed to bring good luck. The old people say it isn't right to wear anything new on Christmas day but to keep it until New Year's Day. It is right to leave the doors open and unlocked on Christmas night as the Blessed Virgin is supposed to visit each house on that night.


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The people say that on Christmas night the animals talk. There was a boy

Collector
May Joyce
Gender
female
Informant
Mrs Joyce
Gender
female
Age
48
Address
Ballyglass, Co. Mayo
Language
English