School: Uachtar Árd (roll number 4786)

Oughterard, Co. Galway
An tSr M. S. Iognáid
The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0065, Page 191

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  1. On St. Bridget's night the children go around with the Brideóg. Both boys and girls go around. They knock at the door and when it is opened they go in and say this rhyme:-
    "Here's Saint Bridget dressed in white
    Give her something in honour of the night
    She is deaf and she is dumb
    She cannot speak without a tongue
    There are holes in her stockings and there are holes in her shoes
    Give her something to mend the two."

    Another custom carried on St. Bridget's day is that the boats are blessed and the priest also blesses holy water and gives it to the people. No one has leave to go out fishing before that day. In some parts of the country the people of the house make timber crosses and hang them on the rafters and if that is done they believe no harm or accident will occur in that house from St. Bridget's day to that
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    Oughterard, Co. Galway