School: Boston (roll number 10212)

Bostoncommon, Co. Kildare
Bean Uí Dhocharthaigh
The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0777, Page 126

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    Tuesday is for wealth
    Wednesday is the best day of all
    Thursday is for Crosses
    Friday is for losses
    Saturday is no day at all.
    May is said to be an unlucky month and few marriages take place.
    Now a days very few made matches take place, whilst years ago, all matches were made either by the parents or the parties in a local match market. Money is given in a dowry, but sometimes cattle + lambs are given.
    Long ago the poor people had to walk to the chapel, and the higher class went on horse back. A wedding feast was held at the brides house. The local boys dressed up in fancy attire, blackened their faces, + went uninvited to the wedding. The Captain of those Straw boys this Bride danced with the newly wed Groom + Bride. The Captains followers danced with the other guests, ladies + gents.
    After a months time there was another feast given at the Brides house. This was called the "Hauling Home."
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    Transcribed by a member of our volunteer transcription project.
    1. activities
      1. social activities (~7)
        1. rites of passage (~573)
          1. marriage (~4,283)
    May Corcoran
    Bostoncommon, Co. Kildare