School: St Garvan's, Rathmullen

Location:
Rathmullan, Co. Donegal
Teacher:
Séamus P. Mac Eiteagáin

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Plants and Flowers - Their Uses on Festive Occasions

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 1089, Page 101

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Plants and Flowers their uses on Festive Occasions
In olden times if a person was going to Mass on Palm Sunday and had no palms with them he would take black sally with him. We always take palms with us. We also take Florishingcorn and American heather with us.
We decorate the house with holly on Christmas eve because it is a sighn of greeting. Then the holly is taken down after Christmas.
There is a large number of uses taken from the May flower. The May flower is a nice white flower that grows in the month of May. In the Month of May we make a May altar and put May flowers and prim-roses on it.
On Saint Bridget's night we get rushes and make crosses. Then on the day after that we get

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Collector
Mary Ferry
Gender
female
Address
Lehardan, Co. Donegal
Informant
Nellie Ferry
Relation
parent
Gender
female
Address
Lehardan, Co. Donegal
Language
English