School: Urbal (roll number 13874)

Location:
Urbal, Co. Leitrim
Teacher:
Gerald Kelliher

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0206, Page 464

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The inhabitants of every town-land in the parish had their own sweat-house. Every Saturday the sweat-house was heated. One Saturday morning a large turf-fire was lighted in the sweat-house. The sweat-house was heated to a very high temperature. In the evening a person used to go to the sweat-house, close the door and remain there till he was literally "bathed in sweat". The people of olden-times believed that by perspiring in such a manner rheumatism was prevented.

'May-day'
1. The people used to gather 'May flowers' and scatter them in front of the doors and windows.
2. The people used not borrow or lend (especially iron articles).
3. They used not light a fire without first sprinkling salt on the "Ádhbhar Teine"
4. The kept the "sweepings" of floors inside the house on that day

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Collector
Gearóid Ó Céileachair
Gender
male
Occupation
múinteoir
Informant
Francis Earley
Gender
male
Age
75
Address
Eden, Co. Leitrim
Language
English