School: Moyderwell Convent of Mercy (roll number 13530)

Location:
Moyderwell, Co. Kerry
Teacher:
Siúracha na Trócaire

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Old Marriage Customs

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0441, Page 191

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May is considered the most unlucky month to get married, and monday, wednesday, and friday are considered the most unlucky days.When a man wants to marry a certain girl, he sends one of his freinds to her with "an account". The next day the girls parents go to the boys house, and make a match. The day of the marriage the bridegroom goes at the head of the procession, and the bride rides at the back. After they are married they have a race put of the church, and it is said that the one who is out the first will live the longest. Long ago the bridegroom got on a horse, and the bride sat on a frillion at the back. When they reachd the bridegrooms house they had a big feast which lasted until the morning. The "straw boys" go in, in the middle of the night, and they get a good supper. Then thet dance, and behave very nicely and their dress is of straw. When they go to their new home they have another feast.

Collector
Mary O' Shea
Gender
female
Address
Castlegregory, Co. Kerry
Informant
Mrs E. Duhig
Gender
female
Address
Castlegregory, Co. Kerry
Language
English