School: An Clochar, Dún Mór

Dunmore East, Co. Waterford
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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0652, Page 170

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If a person was ill and got better on a Sunday or Friday that was a sign that the person would almost certainly get ill again within the four next four days. During the Month of May people are both to change into a new house or to white-wash any place, or to spring clean a house or move any furniture that is not moved almost every day.

The cold days of April are referred to as the days for skinning the Old Cow. Tradition in this locality offers this explanation that a certain old cow boasted that no cold could kill her and when the cold month of March was over the cow boasted and laughed at March. So in order to get even with the cow March borrowed three days from April and the cow died with the cold. July is called "July na Cabáiste" and "August na Sméara".

Madge Taylor
Mrs Sullivan

Travelling people used call at the houses here long ago. They used to stay at the house and in return for the hospitality given to them, they helped the people with the house-work and needle work. Old blind fiddlers used to go around the country and the very minute the people heard the music they were out dancing jigs, reels and hornpipes.