School: Cill Tártáin

Kiltartan, Co. Galway
Mícheál Ó Tuathaigh

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0047, Page 0047

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On St. Martin's Day everyone in our parish kills a cock or a sheep. They gather the blood into a bowl or basin and every person in the house dips his finger into it and makes the sign of the cross on his forehead with it. They do no eat the meat until two days afterwards.

Patrick Mullaney,

Patrick Mulleeney
Castletown, Co. Galway

On St. John's night, June 23rd, there are bonfires lit all over the place. Each village has its own bonfire. All the boys and girls gather the firewood and pile it in a heap. When they have it heaped they set it a light and soon after they start dancing around the fire. After a few hours dancing they go home.

The night of the 23rd June - bonfire night or commonly known in the parish of Kiltartan as "the night of the wisps". On that night the old people of the parish light a sheaf of corn which is called a wisp and shake it on the crops to bless them. It is an old pagan

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