School: Corderay (roll number 12735)

Shancurry, Co. Leitrim
Seán Ó Céilleachair
The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0208, Page 249

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  1. Explained to me by Michael Flanagan of Cormongan Parish of Drumshanbo or properly called by the old people and yet by the Diocesan Reports Parish of Murhaun.
    The Poor Widow
    At the wake one gets out on the floor and sings the following verse or hums it in monotone voice.
    I am a poor widow that comes from Athlone
    I married my daughters them all but one
    Go away daughters and choose your own
    Choose your own
    Choose a good man or else choose none
    My daughter she's married and married away
    And all my good people then do as I say
    Do as I say
    The boy that recites this then calls out a girl and she recites it and calls out a boy and so on till a number are on the floor. A girl then says I'd rather have so and so for a husband not the boy that called her out. Then the man she names makes a hold for her and the boy that called her tries to keep her. Used to be [?] if the boys had [?].
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    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)
    Seán Ó Céilleachair
    Michael Flanagan
    Cormongan, Co. Leitrim