School: Corderay (roll number 12735)

Shancurry, Co. Leitrim
Seán Ó Céilleachair

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0208, Page 237

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Pistreoga (continued)

Don't throw out water at night.
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Prospective mothers should not touch a corpse.
Never call a prospective mother out to see a hound chasing a hare or rabbit.
Never refuse food to a prospective mother if she comes in at meal times.
When the pain of giving birth comes on the woman should get the Ploughman's share [underlined].
Put a man's trousers around her shoulders and neck if she is in pain too long before delivery of child is due.
Some children are born with a lucky cap. This is a transparent membrane over hair and head of baby.
Never name the child after a dead person.
Overlooking [underlined].
Always say "God bless the child" when he or she is shown to you.
Always give or put in the baby's hand a coin for luck.
No mother if she can possibly avoid it should put back the child on the breast after she has it weaned.
Where that's done the child will have the Evil Eye [underlined]. In after life every thing it looks on will wither and decline.
Good cows, good horse, good crops are often overlooked by the praiser[?] if he or she happens to have the Evil Eye. That's why one should say "God bless it".

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Seán Ó Céilleachair