School: Baile Treasna, Caisleán Mumhan (Ballytarsney) (roll number 15970)

Location:
Ballytarsna (Hackett), Co. Tipperary
Teacher:
Seán Ó Freathaile

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May Day Customs

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0554, Page 079

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May Day Customs
1. On May Eve the fairies used come and steal the children and bewitch the cattle if they could get them and therefore no door should be left open after sunset.
Young people should not go out on the hills, nor listen to singing or girls dancing in tne night for they are fairies in disguise and will work harm and above all there should be no fire lighting, for fire is the life of man.
If any food is left from May Eve to May Day it should not be eaten but buried in the garden or thrown over the bounds of the townland for the
dogs.
On May morning the peasant girls delight in gathering May dew from sunrise to beautiful their faces, they believed that the sun would spoil their complexion.

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