School: Monaleen, (C.) Luimneach (roll number 7916)

Location:
Monaleen, Co. Limerick
Teacher:
Mrs. M. Ó Farrell

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Bird-Lore

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0524, Page 118

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If boys rob nests it is said they will get sore hands or warts.
If the seagulls come far in on land stormy weather will come.
Swallows flying low indicate bad weather.
If the cuckoo comes early it is the sign of a bad harvest.
The cry of the curlew also indicates rain.
The story of the robin's red breast is that when Our Saviour was dying the robin came and picked a thorn from His Head and when doing so a drop of the Precious Blood fell on his breast.

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