School: Árd Phádraig

Ardpatrick, Co. Limerick
Pilib Ó Conaill

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0509, Page 283

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thought they were skimming the cream off their neighbour's milk.
It is said that a woman hides in a glen and when she sees any sign of smoke come from her neighbour's house she says "Let the butter of that house be to me this year." When the neighbour starts to make his butter he cannot do it because the spell of the witch is on it.

People say if you pick lilac on May Eve and take it into the house you will have bad luck.
If you borrow money on May Eve you will also have bad luck.
If your right hand is itchy it is a sign you will be shaking hands with someone, and if your left hand is itchy, it is said you will get money.

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Philomena Ryan
Sunville Upper, Co. Limerick