School: Balscadden (roll number 9492)

Balscaddan, Co. Dublin
P. Ó Séaghdha Francis Shaw
The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0783, Page 153

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  1. When the cat sits with her back to the fire, it is a sign of a storm.
    If you see a new moon for the first time through glass, you will have bad luck for that month. It is a lucky thing to see the first Spring lamb with its face turned towards you. To see it looking away from you means bad luck.
    It is very unlucky to meet a red haired woman first thing in the morning.
    It is very lucky to meet a black haired man the first thing in the morning.
    If rats are plentiful in Autumn it is a sign of a plague during the Winter.
    If you forget a thing in the morning and remember out side the house, don't return for it. Let some member inside bring it out to you.
    Never stand under a ladder that is standing against the house.
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