School: St. Brendan's (C.), Blennerville

Location:
Blennerville, Co. Kerry
Teacher:
Máire, Bean Uí Mhuircheartaigh
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    St Brigid's Day
    St Brigid's day falls on the first day of February. The night before the children go around with the "Biddy" which is a doll.
    The "Biddy" consists of a bit of cloth and sometimes a turnip or a mangold.
    St Patricks Day
    The evening before St. Patrick's day we all pick shamrocks off the roadside for the next day.
    On St Patrick's some children wear a sprig of shamrock on their coats and others a green ribbon on their hair. All the little girls tie up their hair with a green ribbon on that day.
    Shrove Tuesday
    On Shrove Tuesday night we have a great feast of pancakes.
    Ash Wednesday
    On Ashe Wednesday the people used to use no butter, eggs, or milk in their tea and this was called "black fast". They would all go to Mass in the morning and again to the Chapel in the evening.
    Holy Thursday
    All the people that could, would go to mass and gave most of their time in fasting and prayer.
    Good Friday
    Most people used to go the Chapel on Good Friday also to make the stations of the cross.
    Easter Saturday
    Easter Sunday night about one o'clock some persons get up looking at the sun and the moon dancing together.
    May day
    Any person used not go hunting in the hills as the
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    1. events
      1. events (by time of year) (~11,476)
    Language
    English
    Collector
    Margaret Moriarty
    Gender
    Female
    Address
    Tonavane, Co. Kerry
    Informant
    Peter Moriarty
    Relation
    Parent
    Gender
    Male
    Age
    60
    Address
    Tonavane, Co. Kerry