School: Béal Dearg (roll number 11582)

Belderg More, Co. Mayo
Pádraig Mac Conghamhna

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0139, Page 251

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The superstitions still alive in this place are connected with milk, salt, iron, fish etc.
When a cow's time is up and she is due to calve a red ribbon is tied on her tail to preserve her from the evil eye.
Red is the protection against being "overlooked."
When a person praises a child or an animal as being healthy, strong etc. he must add "God bless him or her" otherwise the owner believe the person making the remark is trying to overlook the child or animal.
If anything should happen to the child or animal after a person had commented on its fine appearance without saying "God bless it" he would be blamed for causing the illness or accident.
Red is put on children and women wear something red to protect them from the evil eye.
If there is any special attention directed to a house e.g. if the Guards should visit it making inquiries on an subject the

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