School: Lettercran (roll number 12049)

Lettercran, Co. Donegal
Peadar S. Ó Duibhidhe

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Pisreogas - Births

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 1030, Page 212

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1. If you are born in day time you will see no ghosts.
2. Born on Monday fair of face
Born on Tuesday full of grace.
Born on Wednesday full of woe
Born on Thursday far to go.
Born on Friday loving and giving
Born on Saturday work hard for your living.
But the child that is born on the Sabbath Day
is bonney and wise and gay.
3. If a woman in child meets a man with a hare with the tail on it, the child will have a hare’s lip.
4. It is supposed to be unlucky for a woman in child to cross a grave-yard, it will have club-feet.
5. If a woman in child is struck with anything that child will have the track of that thing on it.
6. If a woman in child mocks a person on any deformity, the child will be afflicted with the same deformity.
7. If a woman in child gets a fright the child will be afflicted.
8. It is lucky to borrow a cradle for the first child.
9. The mother should not attend a christening.