School: Cill Tártáin

Location:
Kiltartan, Co. Galway
Teacher:
Mícheál Ó Tuathaigh

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0047, Page 0047

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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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