School: Gráinseach, Cill Mocheallóg (roll number 9970)

Grange, Co. Limerick
Tomás Ó Loínsigh

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0516, Page 406

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The man in the house has very good luck.
With his right hand he fills the cup.
With his sweet lips he sucks it up.
A bottle of wine and a bottle of beer
I wish ye all A Happy New Year.
Up with the kettle and down with the pan
Give us our answer and let us begone"

I shall not dwell any further on the customs practised on St. Stephens Day as such customs are general:-

Chalk Sunday
The first Sunday after Shrove Tuesday is known locally as "Chalk" Sunday.
Young boys and girls go armed with pieces of the school-masters chalk to Mass on that day and after Mass they put a large X mark with chalk on the back of each bachelor and maid who did not "go off" during Shrove.
Thomas Sheehan (Farmer)
Ballynagarde, Ballyneety, Co. Limerick

Thomas Sheehan
Ballynagarde, Co. Limerick

"For don't think we are robbers,
We are only the boys that came to follow the wren on St. Stephen's Day".

Mr Pat O' Brien (Farmer),
Rockbarton, Co. Limerick
(Note in margin - Sometimes added but does not rhyme)