School: Moneymohill, Shanagolden (roll number 8395)

Moneymohill, Co. Limerick
Máire Ní Liain
The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0484, Page 191

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  1. Leave spring water inside at night and a chair beside the fire, lest any good people may call, and have the kitchen floor clean and swept.
    Never take a cat with you when leaving a house, you may take the puisín.
    If you meet a horse-shoe on the road, take it with you, it is lucky. Horse-shoes are sometimes nailed upside-down on stable doors to bring luck. Some people when going on a journey turn back if they meet a red-haired woman. When going on a journey it is lucky to meet a man on the road, setting out.
    With regard to magpies:-
    One for bad luck
    Two for luck,
    Three for death,
    Four for marriage,
    Five for silver,
    Six for gold,
    Seven for a secret which cannot be told.
    Never light three cigarettes with the same match.
    When there is a whirl-wind, say
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    Transcribed by a member of our volunteer transcription project.
    Patrick Purtill
    Gortadroma, Co. Limerick