School: Eiscreach (roll number 13945)

Location:
Eskeragh, Co. Mayo
Teacher:
Seán Ó Raghallaigh

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Games at Wakes

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0153, Page 117

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The games are usually played at the wakes of old people. When a young person is dead, the sorrow is too great to allow of any such joviality or fun. However those games are dying out rapidly as people become more “civilised”.
Thart-an-bróg: A group of men sit round a circle on the floor. They form a close ring, and keep their legs in front of them, with their knees huddled in to their bodies. One man stands in the centre of the ring.
Someone in the ring has the “brogue”. It is made of plaited straw, with a knot at one

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Collector
Seán S. Ó Raghallaigh
Gender
male
Occupation
múinteoir
Address
Eskeragh, Co. Mayo
Informant
John Gallagher
Gender
male
Age
circa 55
Occupation
farmer
Address
Eskeragh, Co. Mayo
Language
mixed