School: Baile an Chaisil B.

Location:
Ballycastle, Co. Mayo
Teacher:
Mícheál de Búrca

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Signs of Rains

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0139, Page 548

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The soot falls down.
Cats turn their back to the fire.
Dogs eat grass in summer and harvest.
Midges are very annoying.
Rain bows in the morning foretell showery weather.

Signs of a storm.
Seagulls fly inland.
Cormorants making hurried flights inland foretell that a storm is at hand.
Wide circles around the moon foretell bad weather.
Rivers making a gurgling noise at the ford mean a continuation of bad weather generally.
When the wind is from the north the skillful fisher goes not forth.
When the is from the East it neither good for man or beast.
When the wind is from the West then it is the very best.
When the wind is from the South it blows the bait into the fishes mouth.

Informant
Mrs Polke
Gender
female
Age
63
Address
Ballinglen, Co. Mayo
Language
English