School: Loughteague, Stradbally (roll number 6129)

Loughteeog, Co. Laois
Brigid Keane Brighid Ní Chatháin
The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0837, Page 143

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    It is very unlucky to burn men's hair.

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    You should always leave the fireplace tidy before going to bed or you'll vex the fairies.
    You should always have fresh water laid in before retiring for the night - same reason.
    People who shave or cut hair on Sunday will suffer from toothache.
    Don't carry any kind of stick or wood on your shoulder when entering or leaving a house. Same applies to any implement with a wooden handle e. g. spade, sprong etc. Very unlucky.
    Always say "God bless it" when you see a baby for the first time : say the same to a new born animal or an animal brought home from fair - otherwise the baby or animal might be "overlooked" and it would not thrive.
    Some people have "the evil eye" and never say "God bless it".
    The good people will gain power if you don't say this.
    If a hare sucks your cow the cow will milk blood.
    A goat? born on Whit Sunday or Whit Monday will be wicked. A child born on Whit will grow up wild or be difficult to manage.
    If you handle frog - spawn you will get warts on your hands.
    Some old -a fashioned women put a rod of mountain - ash or rowan - tree around the churn - dash when churning so that their butter may not be taken. They twist a slender rod round in a circle and just drop it over.
    Always throw an old boot after a boy or girl going off to be married or going to their own home after the marriage. Some tie an old boot to the car conveying the bridal pair.
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