School: Coillte Bó (roll number 15984)

Location:
Kiltybo, Co. Mayo
Teacher:
Michael S. Ó Ceallaigh

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0107, Page 446

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It is an old custom with the Irish people on St. Brigid's night to make a cross and it is called St. Brigid's cross. The cross was made from wood or rushes. the rush cross was made by weaving and plaiting rushes.
The wood cross was made from two pieces of sticks and a nail. The centre of the wooden cross is woven with straw. The cross is usually about six inches long and five and a half inches wide.
The cross is made by the people of the house. It is made on St. Brigid's night.
When the cross is made it is put up in the roof of the house to bring luck on the people. Sometimes it is hung on the cow-house to bring luck on the stock. There is not any

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Collector
Nora Carney
Gender
female
Address
Mace Lower, Co. Mayo
Informant
Mrs Carney
Relation
parent
Gender
female
Address
Mace Lower, Co. Mayo
Language
English