School: Maghcromtha (B.)

Macroom, Co. Cork
Pádraig Ó Deasmhumhna

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0342, Page 190

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Piseóga : In ploughing for oats or garden, it is supposed to be unlucky for product if a woman should cross the plough.
If the making of butter “goes against” a farmer’s wife, the matter should be made known to “knowing” people. Then a “present” of a live kid should be made to some member of the household, and no charge made, or “luck-penny” received. A case of this was reported as having occured recently.
A bride-to-be when leaving home to get married should never look back at her own home. She should also borrow something, and keep it “around her”.
No coal of fire should be given away on May morning.
It is thought unlucky to get married on Monday, Wednesday or Friday.
Uisce na dtrí dteorainn – the meeting of three waters - water from this very lucky for curing cattle.

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