School: Leitir Mhór (roll number 15944)

Location:
Lettermore, Co. Donegal
Teacher:
Eilís Ní Bhaoghaill

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Old Time Customs - A Christening

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 1037, Page 223

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It was the custom in the olden times, when all the neighbours from around a district were invited to a christening, to bring something to help out with the feast. One day Fionn Mac Cool and his wife were invited to a christening. The day of the christening Fionn's wife fell ill and was unable to go. She made a measgán of butter to send with Fionn. When Fionn was getting ready to go to the christening he never thought about the butter and went away without it. His wife was a very strong woman and so she lifted the butter up and flung it so far that it landed at Fionn's feet and then turned into a stone. When Fionn was returning home from the christening he saw the stone and taking it up in his hand he threw

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Collector
Mary Mc Loone
Gender
female
Address
Lettermore, Co. Donegal
Informant
John Mc Loone
Relation
grandparent
Gender
male
Age
77
Address
Lettermore, Co. Donegal
Language
English