School: Cluain Eich (roll number 9942)

Location:
Clooneagh, Co. Leitrim
Teacher:
Sr. Ó Donnabhair

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Customs on Bonfire Night

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0219, Page 316

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Long ago, there would be a bonfire at a crossroads or at some place that the people would gather to. Every one would give some money before the bonfire to buy a musical instrument. Then at the bonfire there would be music, singing and dancing until three or four o'clock in the morning. Then they would leave and bring a lighted coal with them and sometimes they would bring it home to their own fire and other times they would throw it into a field along the way. The children try to keep the bonfire lit as long as they can after that night.

Collector
Mary Hackett
Gender
female
Address
Liscloonadea, Co. Leitrim
Informant
Mrs C. Hackett
Gender
female
Age
40
Occupation
farmer's wife
Address
Liscloonadea, Co. Leitrim
Language
English