School: Carrickatee (roll number 16481)

Location:
Carrickatee, Co. Monaghan
Teacher:
Éamonn Ó Dubhthaigh

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Customs of the Old People

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0941, Page 306

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On New-years day no ashes were removed from the ash pit in the kitchen and no water allowed to be thrown out. The floor was permitted to be swept but not in the direction of the door.

On May Eve flowers were scattered around the well. A piece of red cloth and a branch of rowan tree were fastened to each cow's tail. A horse shoe was always nailed on the byre door. When men started to plough each morning they threw a handful of fresh clay on the horses.

Collector
Mary Gillen
Gender
female
Address
Gragarnagh, Co. Monaghan
Informant
Edward Gorman
Gender
male
Address
Gragarnagh, Co. Monaghan
Language
English