School: Curraigh (B.) (roll number 12066)

Curry, Co. Sligo
Peadar Ó Braonáin

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Some of the Signs of Rain in which the Old People Believed

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0170, Page 0411

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Cats scraping at the door.
Soot falling form the chimney.
When the cat puts his tail in the ashes.
South-West wind brings most rain/
When the wind is whistling at the door- sure sign of rain.

Blue lights in the turf fire - sure sign of rain.
When the curlew is whistling.
When the cat has his back to the fire.
Sun merging into clouds.
When the sun sets with "Moses' horns."
Ring round the moon - The farther the ring the nearer the rain, the nearer the ring the farther the rain.
Mackeral sky in the evening.
Sun red in the East - bad weather.
Sun red in the West good weather.
Sun red at sunset in Winter - frost.
Stars twinkling - frost.
Star falling - soul gone to heaven.
Robin at the door - sign of snow.
Rye grass shining owing to action of wind and sun - good weather.