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 99

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Plants and flowers are used for decorating Churches and houses on festive occasions. The holly is used at Christmas for decorating Chapels and houses at home. Narcissi are used for putting on the Altar to make the Altar better looking and holly is also decorated on the Altar at Christmas. There are red berries on the holly at Christmas and it makes the church lovely.
Crosses are made out of rushes, on the last night of January in honour of St. Brigid. (was) One night when St Brigid was in Connaught she went into a house and she asked for a drink. The woman of the house gave her a drink but she put poison in it. St. Brigid lifted a rush and made the sign of the cross on the

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