School: Sruthar (C.)

Location:
Shrule, Co. Mayo
Teacher:
Bríd, Bean Uí Éanacháin

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0102, Page 251

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The games of our ancestors differ from those practiced at the present day. Making cradle-birds was a very popular pastime among the little boys some years ago, and in some part is is even practiced at the present day. The making of a cradle bird is very simple. It is made by plaiting some sally switches until it closes at the top. They tie the ends together with twine. The cradle bird is made with the open side to the ground and a space is left with a little bit of stick for the birds to see the food inside. When they hop on the stick it falls and they are immediately trapped. This game was always in practice during the months of January and February. The blackbird and thrush were generally the victims of this game. Long ago they caught rabbits and hares by snaring them.

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Collector
Nóra Ní Dhubhdha
Gender
female
Address
Cahernabrock, Co. Mayo
Informant
James Dowd
Relation
parent
Gender
male
Age
65
Address
Cahernabrock, Co. Mayo
Language
English