School: Cill Loiste (Killusty), Fíodh Árd (roll number 16111)

Location:
Killusty North, Co. Tipperary
Teacher:
Máire, Bean Uí Mheacháir

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Local Marriage Customs

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0557, Page 546

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There is a season of the year after Christmas called Shrove, which lasts till Ash Wednesday, it is a time when most marriages take place. Wednesday is nearly always chosen as the luckiest day of the week. May is considered to be an unlucky month. It is an old saying, "Mary in May and you'll rue the day". The custom was when a match was made about sixty years ago, money being not as plentiful as it is today, as regards a fortune, to give instead a cow or a yearling calf or two. Another custom was a great night's dance, the night they were married.

Collector
Patrick Butler
Gender
male
Address
Tullow, Co. Tipperary
Informant
Pierce Butler
Gender
male
Age
48
Address
Tullow, Co. Tipperary
Language
English