School: Ráth Mhaoláin (Robertson) (roll number 10374)

Rathmullan, Co. Donegal
Éamonn Mac Stiopháin
The Schools’ Collection, Volume 1088, Page 064

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  1. Subhead 57. Wake and funeral customs.
    On the death of person corpse is washed an laid out. People immediately call to offer sympathy and usually go to see the corpse. It is customary to say a prayer at the bedside if the corpse is viewed. Hospitality is shown to callers by the mourners in the shape of tea, wine, whiskey, porter, etc. Tobacco, pipes and snuff are also provided. The wake is continued till morning some people making a point of staying so as not to leave bereaved family alone. At Roman Catholic wakes Rosary is recited at intervals during night by all present.
    The body is always conveyed the longest way to the graveyard and if at all possible is carried by relays of men. Very seldom is the coffin conveyed by hearse from the home to the graveyard - people much prefer to carry it.
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