School: Baile na Cille (roll number 1320)

Ballynakill, Co. Galway
Éinrí Ó Mainnín

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0051, Page 0087

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People never give away milk on May Day. On May Eve people put a branch of a white-thorn bush in their crops to keep the luck of the crops for themselves. On May Eve some people milk a cow at midnight to bring the luck of the butter for themselves. On May Eve people put a bone of a rabbit in their crop for luck.

On St. Brigid's Day little crosses are made of timber and hung from the kitchen ceiling. Candles are also blessed in chapels for the use of the homes on that day.

"On Candlemas Day,
Throw on candle away"
On St John's Eve bonfires are lighted at cross-roads, on the top of a hill, and outside houses in honour of St. John. Those who light the fires gather round them and cheer and

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Eileen Dervan
Burroge, Co. Galway