School: Uachtar Árd (roll number 4786)

Oughterard, Co. Galway
An tSr M. S. Iognáid
The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0065, Page 195

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  1. In Oughterard the custom is to get married a few days before Ash Wednesday especially on Shrove Tuesday. They believe it is lucky to get married that day. It is the custom to get married in the morning in Oughterard but in other places they get married in the evening. The people make matches before they get married, they give money or stock or what ever they have. It is unlucky to get married in May or on a Saturday or to get married in black, green, or red clothes, blue and white are lucky colours.
    When the marriage day comes the man comes for the girl but he does not go in the same car as her to the chapel. The bride's mother never goes to the chapel to see them getting married.
    When they get married they go home and the people light straw before the car to welcome the bride. When she goes into her house a married woman must break a cake on her head or ten years of her life will be unlucky.
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        1. folk poetry (~9,504)
    Julia Clancy