School: Mulhuddart (roll number 16675)

Mulhuddart, Co. Dublin
Tomás Ó Broin

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0790, Page 85

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pigs = Hursh, dogs = according to name, hens = chuck - These calls are recited several times. There are many old customs attached to domestic animals. When a cow is being milked the milker sits on the right hand side of the cow. Sometimes when the milker is finished his job he makes the sign of the cross on the cows back with the froth that comes on the top of the milk. In Mr. Birmingham's yard blood is spilt in front of the cow shed door. This is done (of) on Saint Martin's day to bring luck to the cows during the year. This saint's day is on the eleventh of November. In some parts of the district the house in which the cows are kept is called "the cowshed" and in other parts it is called "the byre". Very often a horse-shoe is hung over the cows shed door to bring luck to the animals within. The horshoe points downwards. Very often a picture of the Sacred Heart is hung over the door of the byre. This is done to keep away all harm from the byre during the year. The cows are tied by the neck to a manger

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