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 71

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The night of the dead is always held in the night after halloweve night that is the first night of November. Some people believe in it and others do not. I think that it is not right to believe in it because I think when people leave this word they have nothing more to do with it.
The (co) custom in our house on the Night of the Dead is to put a fire on and to brush the house and to clean it up. Then the chairs are out round before going to bed. I think that people should not believe in them because I believe that the old customs are handed down from pagan times and I think that it was the pagans used them in honour of the god "Baal"
There is no such things as Ghosts nor

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Collector
Charles Mc Garvey
Gender
male
Address
Killycolman, Co. Donegal
Informant
Rose Mc Garvey
Relation
parent
Gender
female
Address
Killycolman, Co. Donegal
Language
English