School: Bullach

Location:
Castlerea, Co. Roscommon
Teacher:
Máire Ní Fhlannagáin

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Weather-Lore

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0244, Page 027

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Weather Lore.
There are many old beliefs in my locality regarding the weather. When the sun goes down red on a summer's evening the next day is supposed to be fine. If there is a white ring round the moon it is a sign of a terrible storm. A halo round the moon is a sign of rain. When the stars are seen running in the sky bad weather is expected and if they are twinkling brightly it is a sign of heavy frost. The Aurora Borealies is a sign of rough weather.
The old people have a saying about the rainbow. "A rainbow at night is the shepherd's delight, and a rainbow in the morning is the shepherd's warning." It is also believed that if a rainbow is seen on Saturday night the following week will be wet.
The south and south-west winds bring most rain at twelve or one o;clock when the sun goes south. The east or south east winds bring the heaviest rain. Snow usually comes with the north winds

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Collector
Freda Higgins
Gender
female
Address
Tully, Co. Roscommon
Informant
Mrs Brigid Higgins
Gender
female
Age
50
Address
Tully, Co. Roscommon
Language
English