School: Béal Dearg (roll number 11582)

Belderg More, Co. Mayo
Pádraig Mac Conghamhna

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0139, Page 403

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"Sketches in Erris and Tyrawley" o book written some seventy or eighty years ago by an English traveller.

The custom of match making in the old style is still practised here. Where there is an eligible girl a man on the "look-out" brings a friend and a bottle of whiskey (poteen was in general use here till August 1932 when it was completely stamped out by two missionaries Father Conneally and Father Gorey) and they call on the girls parents about bed-time. Their business is soon guessed and the girl busies herself getting food ready and showing her nimbleness and dexterity, for match-making is a lengthy business and if both parties are satisfied that business can be done there is no hurry.
At one match to which I was invited negotiations commenced about 1oclock after we had all feasted on a plumb goose and consumed

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