Pishrogues in the District of Clara Co. Kilkenny. (1) May Day. (1st May) It is a custom in some parts of this parish "to set eggs" in a neighbour's field. This is supposed to take the crops" from the neighbours and to increase one's own crop. Very early, before dawn, secretly these eggs are placed in the tillage fields. (2) It is also a custom to "skim the wells" that is to be the first person to take the water on the top of the well. This is supposed to bring in an increase of milk and butter for the whole year. St. John's Night (24th June)- Bonfire Night- Each person must bring a bundle of sticks; and when the fire is dying out each one take a lighting stick and brings it home & keeps it in a safe place "for luck".
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