School: Dún Amhlaidh (roll number 14614)

Dunowla, Co. Sligo
Gleadhra Ní Fhiachraigh
The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0167, Page 0490

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  1. Marriages usually take place between Christmas and Lent. No marriages take place during lent. May is the unlucky month to get married in and Monday and Saturday are the unlucky days Matches are made in my district and dowry is given but stock is seldom given. A wedding feast is given at the bride's home and sometimes the bride and bridegrooms go on a honeymoon to some part of the world. The "straw boys" come at night and they are dressed like the boys on St Stephen's Day. They hoist the newly married couple up to the top of the roof on two chairs and then they cheer and wish them luck. The "straw boys" dance until one oclock and then they leave the house. When James McGowan of Ballyeskin, James Doherty of Ballyglass and John Watson of Dunbeakin, they raced home on horseback. The husband and wife usually got home first. If any of the guests that were asked to the marriage got home first, he would get a pint of poteen.
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    1. activities
      1. social activities (~7)
        1. rites of passage (~573)
          1. marriage (~4,283)
    Ada Nic Uait
    Doonbeakin, Co. Sligo