School: Maghcromtha (B.)

Macroom, Co. Cork
Pádraig Ó Deasmhumhna

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When I was a youngster, it was the custom to eat as many eggs as possible on Easter Sunday, and it was the great boast of young boys and girls for weeks after to say that they had eaten so many eggs on Easter Sunday morning.


About forty years ago, I spent a good deal of my spare time at my grandfather's home at Shanballyshane at Kilnamartyra. Irish was the main language, rosary always in Irish. The custom invariable on Xmas Eve was : No dinner at usual midday hour. In evening, potatoes and prepared stock fish. Then, before a fire blazing with turf and a special 'scolb', the tea things were brought first, with home-made and purchased Christmas cakes, and afterwards the kettle was put down, when the drinking of "punch" commenced. The Christmas candles had of course been lighted - by the youngest of the house [I do that myself in the town of Macroom still]. This went on, I am afraid up to a late hour, with plenty of songs. Sometimes close neighbours (menfolk) exchanged "calls", but as a rule no strangers were seen that night.