School: Kerrykeel (roll number 6849)

Location:
Carrowkeel, Co. Donegal
Teacher:
Séamus Mac Gabhann

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 1086, Page 219

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60. marriage Customs. Formerly, when a young man wished to marry, he picked out in his own mind the girl that he thought would suit him. He would confide in a friend. A bottle of whiskey would be purchased and he and his friend would set off for the house of the girl. The bottle was produced and the people of the house were "treated" The friend would then introduce the important question and ask the man of the house for the hand of his daughter for the intended bridegroom. Before the father would consent the important question of marriage dowry had to be settled: This might consist of a cow or two or a piece of land or a sum of money. The discussion on this point might go on until well into the night and the matter of a few pounds or perhaps a cow might upset everything Evidently the person most concerned in the matter (the girl) had little 'say' in it.
There is very little of this method of picking a wife now. The young people please themselves and tell the old people only when practically all arrangements are complete

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In connection with 47 I should have mentioned that some people here still believe that their friends or relatives who may be in Purgatory return to the old homes on All Souls' Night.

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Collector
Séamus Mac Gabhann
Gender
male
Occupation
múinteoir
Informant
Cormac Logue
Gender
male
Age
74
Address
Ranny, Co. Donegal
Language
English