School: Cnoc na Biolaraighe

Watergrasshill, Co. Cork
Dll. Mac Carrthaigh
The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0382, Page 080

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  3. XML “St Brigid's Night”
  4. XML “Customs of Saint John's Eve”

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    dressed up a figure which they called a "Breeda". It was the custom to call to every house in the neighbourhood. On entering a house they demanded money for "Breeda", and generally danced for a few minutes with the girls of the house. In a house in which the owner took the thing as a joke the always departed quietly, but when they were taken roughly the generally took all the bread they could find in the house away with them.
    On entering a Public House they took whatever drinks were on the counter, this often caused a row with the people who had paid for the drinks, but as the "Brideogs" were always in considerable numbers they generally came out best.
    When two bunches of "Brideogs" met there was some excitement as the strongest party always relieved the other of whatever money they had collected. When they were finished there round the generally got up a danse with what money they collected.
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  2. St Johns eve falls on the 23rd day of June. People do many a thing on that night which is supposed to keep ill luck from them throughout the year. They throw a lighting bush after every one of the cows which is supposed to keep them from harm. The people here go to the holy well in Glenville to pray in honour of Saint John. Also in every farm
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    1. events
      1. events (by time of year) (~11,476)
        1. Feast of St John (~208)
    Willie Mc Carthy
    Mrs Mc Carthy
    Meenane, Co. Cork