School: Mount Talbot (roll number 14056)

Location:
Mount Talbot, Co. Roscommon
Teacher:
M. Ó Héimhthigh

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Lore of Certain Days

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0267, Page 187

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People believed that Mondays and Thursdays wee the luckiest days for applying remedies to their ailments. For a sty in the eye ten thorns were pulled from a gooseberry bush. Nine of these were pointed at the sty and the tenth was thrown away.
If chaffe or lime got into a person's eye and could not be got out, a lizard was found in a bog and if the person licked the live lizard he would be cured.
People are loath to begin ploughing, house-building and especially changing from one house to another except on a Friday.
In my mother's district spring wheat or oats was never sown or mixed except on a Friday. When they were mixing the oats they mixed soot,tar and holy water in with it.
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Collector
Máire Ní Éimhthigh
Gender
female
Informant
M. Hearty
Age
55
Address
Mount Talbot, Co. Roscommon
Language
English