School: Baile Uí Dhuibh, Kilmeaden (roll number 13636)

Location:
Ballyduff West, Co. Waterford
Teacher:
Caitlín Madders

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St Brigid's Day Customs

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0650, Page 258

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St. Brigid's Day Customs

A very common custom in this part of the country is the hanging-out of a ribbon on a piece of cloth on the night before St. Brigid's Day.
It is said that St. Brigid comes along and blesses it on that night. This ribbon or piece of cloth is supposed to be a cure for headache and sorethroat. It was usually titled by the old people as the "Brat Brigde"
Another custom long ago was; spreading freshly cut rushes out side the door for St. Brigid to walk upon when she was entering the house.

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