School: Garrdha Dubhlios, Pálás Gréine (roll number 10991)

Location:
Garrydoolis, Co. Limerick
Teacher:
Ss. Ó Nuanáin

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0518, Page 035

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There are many strange customs connected with May Eve.

There are many strange customs connected with May Eve. The ancient May Eve customs are now dying away. Long ago the young children especially girls used to go around from house to house dressed in beautiful flowers. These youngsters used to sing a song at each house and get a few pence in exchange. In former times May Eve was regarded as a great festival. The following were the principal customs connected with May Eve in ancient times. First sweep the threshold clean, sprinkle ashes over it and watch for the first footprints. If it is turned inwards it means a marriage and if it is turned outwards it means a death. Secondly May Eve pick it up and put it on a plate, sprinkle with flour and at sunset you would see the initials of your true love's name. Thirdly light a bush before the house

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Collector
Bridget Looby
Gender
female
Address
Kilcornan, Co. Tipperary
Informant
John O Connor
Gender
male
Age
75
Address
Garrydoolis, Co. Limerick
Language
English