School: Clochar na Trócaire, Carn Domhnaigh

Location:
Ballylosky, Co. Donegal
Teacher:
An tSr. A. Nic Fhionnlaoich, An tSr. M. Beinín

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Old Sayings

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 1115, Page 101

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Old Sayings.

If one dies in a townland two more will follow.
A cock crowing after noon meant someone is to die.
Two spoons in a cup is a christening.
A stitch in time saves nine.
Half an hour too soon is better than half a minute too late.
He that cannot bear a jest should not make one.
A bird in your hand is worth two in the bush.
A rolling stone gathers no moss.
A dog howling is a sign of death.
If on your way anywhere you meet a red-haired woman, a white horse or a hare your journey will not prosper.
A strain on a hen's tail means a visitor.
A knife falling means a man visitor and a fork a lady.
All is not gold that glitters.
Health is better than wealth.
Save your pennies for a rainy day.
Better alone than with bad company.
Laziness is a heavy load.
It's never too late to mend.
Many hands make light work.

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