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

Ballylosky, Co. Donegal
An tSr. M. Beirín Ní Bhaoighill

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 1114, Page 302

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sometimes mayflowers are placed in the form of a heart on the doorstep.
The white ribbon which ties the pole is supposed to be a cure for a sore head.

On St. John's Eve a great fire is made of logs of fir and sticks. When the fire is lighted the people dance beside it and the play many musical instruments. It is customary for them to stay out very late singing and dancing. When the fire is nearly dead the cows and horses are driven around it as it said that this brings a blessing on them. A coal is then taken from the fire and placed in each of the field, and the ashes are also scattered through them and it is believed that there are better crops when this is done. A burning

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