School: St Garvan's, Rathmullen

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

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The Night of the Dead

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 1089, Page 69

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The night of the dead was on the 1st October. The people believe that the one's that died out of the house come back again that night.
There are lots of customs that the people believe in. One of them is this. On the night of the dead when the people are going to bed the woman of the house sweeps the floor clean. Then she puts on a good fire. Then she puts the chairs sitting beside the fire for the dead people to sit on. The people believe that the dead come back that night to visit their old homes once more. But we do not know whether it is true or not.
There is a Mass said the morning after to put them to rest.
Long ago, the mothers would

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Collector
Kathleen O' Hanlon
Gender
female
Address
Saltpans, Co. Donegal
Informant
Edward O' Hanlon
Relation
parent
Gender
male
Address
Saltpans, Co. Donegal
Language
English