School: Clochar na Trócaire, Carn Domhnaigh (roll number 16821)

Location:
Ballylosky, Co. Donegal
Teacher:
An tSr. M. Beirín Ní Bhaoighill

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Death Signs

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 1114, Page 116

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The old people always say that a dead father and mother's breath always remains round her children until the other parent brings a stranger to the house. The present Philip Farren's mother died, and Dan, his father married another woman. As he was taking his second wife home, a neighbour man saw his first wife coming to Dan's window and looking in the window. The man always said that it was the first woman coming to get her last peep at her children.

It is supposed to be the sign of a death, if on the morning after all Soul's Night there is a track of a footstep facing the door, made in the ashes on the hearth.
If crickets are seen leaving a house like a swarm of bees it is supposed to be the sign of the death of some member of the household or

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Informant
Mrs Sarah Doherty
Gender
female
Address
Cashel, Co. Donegal
Language
English