School: Ballysadare (B.) (roll number 7410)

Location:
Ballysadare, Co. Sligo
Teacher:
Seán Mac Sitric

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Weather-Lore

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0176, Page 067

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In each district there are many local beliefs with regards to weather. The people observe the sky, the flight of the birds, the domestic animals, and give indication of the weather to be expected. The sea, lakes and mountains also show signs which may be reads as weather omens. The following is a list of local sayings in this regard.

If a curlew double whistles it is a sure sign of rain.
When the crow or the swallow fly low it is a sign of storm.
If a flock of hens gather together and start picking their feathers is a sign of storm.

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