School: Abbeytown Convent N.S. (roll number 15043)

Location:
Boyle, Co. Roscommon
Teacher:
Sr. M. Columbanus

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0236, Page 119

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Halloween Customs (continued)

On Hallowe'en night many customs are practiced in my district.
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At the hour of midnight she was supposed to see the face of her future husband in the glass. About sixty years ago a girl named McDonagh who live in Keash was said to have seen her future husband one Hallowe'en night. About two months afterwards she was returning from the town one evening when she met the very same (roads) man as she had seen in the looking-glass. On the instant she fell in a faint on the road. She never recovered from the shock and in less than three months afterwards, she died.
The following custom was also practised long ago. One of the girls of the house went to a lime-kiln at the hour of mid-night and brought a ball of wool with her. She threw the wool into the lime-kiln and held the end of the thread. She

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Collector
Maeve Turbitt
Gender
female
Address
Boyle, Co. Roscommon
Informant
Mr Cryan
Gender
male
Address
Tully, Co. Sligo
Language
English