School: Druim Mór

Location:
Dromore, Co. Sligo
Teacher:
Seosamh Ó Catháin

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0167, Page 277

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Then I experienced a grasp
The grasp of an honest man
For he hit two blows upon my nose
I feel it to this day
And as out I flew, he kicked me too,
And the parrot said "Good Day."

Long ago in Co. Sligo when people intended to build a house they selected the site - marked out the rectangle on which it was to be built & then stuck a cipín about six inches long at each corner - These cipíní were left so there during the night or perhaps for two nights - At the end of that time if it were found that the cipíní were pulled up & thrown aside - the people believed that the fairies objected to the building being put up there - The site was what they called 'contrary' & if a building were put up there it would be unlucky for those who would live in it. They would not proceed with the erection of the house & another site would be selected with the same ceremonial.

Collector
Seosamh Ó Catháin
Gender
male
Occupation
múinteoir
Address
Dromore West, Co. Sligo
Language
English