School: Uachtar Árd (roll number 4786)

Oughterard, Co. Galway
An tSr M. S. Iognáid
The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0065, Page 222

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0065, Page 222

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  3. XML “Laethanta Áirithe”
  4. XML “May Day”

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    Saturday or early on a Monday because it is said that the souls in Pugatory do not suffer from Saturday evening to Monday morning.
    On the 24th of June, St John's Day it is a custom to take a red coal out of a bonfire and to throw it into every field of potatoes and oats and fairies can not take the crops then.
    The last day of July and the first two of August are called Dog Days because no meat can be preserved on those days.
    On May morning the people go out to gather herbs for any cures.
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  2. On May day around Oughterard the people gather May Poll and put it over the door, window and over the barn. It is to keep away the fairies. May Pole is another name for Mountain Ash. It is put up by the oldest person in the house.
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    1. events
      1. events (by time of year) (~11,476)
        1. May (~639)
    Kitty O Brien
    Oughterard, Co. Galway