School: Corderay (roll number 12735)

Shancurry, Co. Leitrim
Seán Ó Céilleachair
The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0208, Page 223

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  1. John Lynch of Deffier saw the following games played at wakes.
    1. The Poor Widow.
    2. The Nine Daughters.
    3. Brogue About.
    4. Round the Button
    5. Cock o the Corner.
    6. Riding the Wild Ass
    7. [?] the [C?]
    For explanation see page 149-150 etc.
    2. [Taking?] hold of one another round the waist and singing as they marched round there was a song "He a fine fellow for your daughter [so found?]" Some out outside hut.
    3. Boys got on hunkers around in a circle. One boy was fool in the middle. A belt was passed from one to another under their legs. When the fool would not be looking he got a stroke of the belt on the head. When he got the man that had the belt he was released and the one named took his place as fool in the middle. Last played around here at Pat Gilrane's grandfathers wake about fifty or fifty four years ago.
    5. Riding the Wild Ass. Put a narrow plank or [log?] shaft from one table to another. Sit on it as a tailor sits, and a stick in your hand. You had to knock fives times at one end of stick and [?] clothes at the other end.
    If you did not know the game or had no [?] you got a fall and laugh[?]
    Transcribed by a member of our volunteer transcription project.
    1. activities
      1. social activities (~7)
        1. entertainments and recreational activities (~5,933)
          1. games
            1. wake games (~170)
        2. rites of passage (~573)
          1. death (~1,076)
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