School: Cill Críosta

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Kilchreest, Co. Galway
Teacher:
Seán Ó Cléirigh

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Customs at Wakes

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0035, Page 0303

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Customs at Wake
Long ago
People used have numerous habits some of which are still in existence.Number one was Harrow. This was played in this manner:- All the people sit in the middle of the floor in a circle. A large rope is then foud and a person sits in the centre of the floor. The rope is rolled into a ball and is hidden under some person's legs without the others seeing it.
then comes the bustle trying to find the harrow as it is called whoever it is found with gets a blow of it on the head.
Another was "Glasses" which was as follows. There was a certain man whose favourite hobby seemingly was marrying couples in his own way.
He would have all the unmarried people around him

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Collector
Mena Fallon
Gender
female
Address
Raheen Oughter, Co. Galway
Informant
Michael Forde
Gender
male
Address
Raheen Oughter, Co. Galway
Language
English