School: Cluain Laighean (B.)

Location:
Cloonlyon, Co. Mayo
Teacher:
Pádhraic Ó Riada

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Death-Lore

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0116, Page 248

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When a person dies in a house the clock is stopped

Whoever shaves the corpse keeps the razor.
The straw on which the corpse is washed is put under nearest tree.
No ashes is put out.
At a funeral four of same name carry the coffin if they can be got.
The funeral travels longest way to the chapel or graveyard.
A gap in a funeral [?] is the sign of another death in that village.
If a pearson sees a rainbow resting on a village it is the sign of a death in the village where it rests.

Collector
John Mc Donnell
Gender
male
Address
Carn, Co. Mayo
Informant
William Hayden
Gender
male
Language
English