School: Drong (roll number 15699)

Location:
Drung, Co. Donegal
Teacher:
Seán P. Mac Gabhann

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St Brigid's Crosses

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 1117, Page 161

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St Brigid's crosses
St. Brigid was one of the many famous Saints we had in Ireland long ago. There is a beautiful custom carried on throughout Ireland. On the first day of February the man of the house goes out before sunset and he cuts a bunch of rushes and leaves them till night. After night there are potatoes mashed; these are known as "Poundies."
These have to be broken on the the rushes. After they eat their supper they make crosses. Each cross consists of from thirty to fifty rushes. Each rush is bended around the other until it is in the shape of a cross. When the crosses are made they are put in a basket. The man of the house shakes "Holy Water" over them He puts them up in

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Collector
Hugh Mc Gonigle
Gender
male
Address
Quigley's Point, Co. Donegal
Language
English