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

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

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Old Marriage Customs

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0554, Page 090

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Many old sayings and pishouges about marriage were held by the old people. Days of the week - Monday for health. Tuesday for wealth. Wednesday the best day of all. Thursday for losses. Friday for crosses and Saturday no day atall.
Time. Shrove was the usual time among the farming community to get married.
Match-Making - The local fair or market was the usual place for match-making. Here matches were made or broken according as the fortune or match was suitable. When the match was made the man went to the brides house. If both agreed to get married, the bridespeople went to see the bridegrooms farm, to see if it was worth the fortune. This was called walking the land.
Pishouges - The bride must have -
1. Something Old,
Something new,
Something borrowed,
Something blue.
2. The bride must not wear her wedding dress or show it to the bridegroom before her wedding day.

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