School: Corderay (roll number 12735)

Shancurry, Co. Leitrim
Seán Ó Céilleachair

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0208, Page 239

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If the candles burn evenly it is a sign that some one will follow - member of same family.
If the grave or the coffin is too small some one will follow.
Always place the coffin in the grave facing the rising sun.
If the burial ground is around the church have the corpse facing the tabernacle.
Never bring a corpse into a living room. Wake it in some out house.
Never take a short cut to the grave yard. At a cross roads don't take the sharp turn, go round .
Don't let there be any break in the funeral procession. [That?] is a space as if there were two processions.
Don't be the last to leave the grave yard. Leave that to the caretaker or some old person.
Don't fall in a grave-yard.
A priest should never hear confessions sitting on a grave. It happened in Drumshanbo 50 or 60 years ago. That a priest or missioner left the church the mission week owing to to the heat of the church and sat outside on a grave to hear confessions. The corpse beneath them began to groan and moan and the confessor had to get up and go.

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Seán Ó Céilleachair