School: Tamney (Robertson)

Location:
Tawny, Co. Donegal
Teacher:
Mrs Kyle

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Bonfire Night

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 1090, Page 354

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The 23rd June is Mid Summer Eve. On that night we see Bonfires on all the hills.

This custom has come down to us from the time the Irish were Pagans and worshipped the Sun.
It was not the people of Ireland alone put up Bonfires.
The people of Sweden and Norway put up Bonfires too. The people of Sweden and Norway go up to hills and put up Bonfires and play a melodeon and they dance to it.
Those people do not see the sun for many months. They are so glad to catch a glimpse of the sun once more that they welcome it with fires, songs and dances.

The custom still remains in Ireland of lighting fires on the tops of hills in honour of the sun.
The people say that the sun is worthy of honour, for if its light was withdrawn, it would mean an end of all vegetable and animal life on this earth.
On midsummer night the ancient Irish had a belief which still

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Collector
Sarah Thompson
Gender
female
Age
12
Informant
Hugh Thompson
Relation
parent
Gender
male
Age
67
Address
Moross, Co. Donegal
Language
English