School: Gort na Gaoithe (roll number 14218)

Location:
Windfield, Co. Galway
Teacher:
M. Ó Lócháin

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0046, Page 0051

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St. Martin's Day is celebrated about here on the 8th of Nov. On that day a fowl is killed and its blood spilled on the four corners of the house.
On St. Martin's Day all corn mills are closed because St. Martin was ground in a corn mill.

Collector
John Conlon
Gender
male
Age
14
Address
Ballinlass, Co. Galway
Language
English

On 23rd June there is a bone fire lighted each year. It is said why the fire is lighted is because on 22 June the Irish defeated the Danes and on the following night there was a fire lighted for joy.

Collector
Mary Tyrell
Gender
female
Age
13
Address
Gunnode, Co. Galway
Language
English

St. John's Day falls on the 24th June and on the evening before a fire is lighted and a bone put into it. The young boys of a village get a bag of turf from each family and make a fire. At night a person from each house brings home a cole.

Collector
Pakie Crehan
Gender
male
Age
14
Address
Rushestown, Co. Galway
Language
English