School: Naomh Pádraig, Carn Domhnaigh (roll number 14359)

Carndonagh, Co. Donegal
Eoghan Ó Gallchobhair

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Superstitions - for Deaths

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 1115, Page 76

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Superstitions 22:12:1938 (for death)
(1) A bird beating at your window.
(2) The latch of your door a lifting and nobody at it.
(3) Occurances:- something falling from the roof
(4) Doors opening in the nightime as if someone was coming it.
(5) Flowers blooming in the wrong month.
(6) A cock crowing after twelve o'clock.
(7) one for sorrow (8) two for joy (8) three for a wedding (10) four for a boy (11) five for silver (12) six for gold (13) seven for a secret never to be told.
(14) A black cat is a sign of luck.
(15) Other people taking manure out of your byre; for misfortune.
(16) If a cock crows in your door or in front of you it is for bad-luck but if he crows thrice it is alright.
(17) If you get up and see the sun rising (short-life)
(18) To speak to a ghost (short-life)
(19) A ghost to get hold of you (short-life)
(20) It is unlucky to pass under wire if you don't go back the same way.
(21) Seven years bad luck for anyone who breaks a mirror
(22) St Brigid prophecied that 1950 will be the end of the world.
(23) It is said that if the glare of a candle light is seen in a persons eyes they may be sure that the person is unearthly.
(24) It is said that a ghost does whatever you do, if you run it runs, if you walk it walks and if you stand it stands.
(25) A Ghost can never cross water, namely a stream, it must disappear.

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Francis Toland