School: Clochar na Trócaire, Carn Domhnaigh

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

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 1115, Page 93

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It was the custom in Ireland long ago when a man wished to ask for a wife, to bring a bottle of whiskey to the bride's father, when going to her house. The whiskey put the father in good humour. The girl was allowed little or no choice in the matter. She had to marry, and if the girl protested, her father and mother used great force, because they considered property more important than happiness in the girl's life.
Sometimes if a returned Yankee was known to be wealthy and if it was thought such an arrangement would create jealousy on the part of the neighbours then every effort was made by the parents to have marriage arrangements completed.

One time there was a wedding in Ennissnail, and every thing was ready, but when the invited people arrived at the house a battle ensued. The bride said that she did not want to marry the bridegroom, but her father said she must marry as otherwise she

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Collector
Maeve Duggan
Gender
female
Address
Carndonagh, Co. Donegal
Informant
Mrs C. Farren
Gender
female
Age
45
Occupation
shopkeeper
Address
Carndonagh, Co. Donegal
Language
English