School: Tankerstown (roll number 15304)

Location:
Tankerstown, Co. Tipperary
Teacher:
Thom. F. Meagher

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0575, Page 341

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Long ago it was the custom when people died to wake them for two days and have a funeral the third day.

Long ago it was the custom when people died, to wake them for two days and have a funeral the third day.
When the men came to the wake, they got some stout or whiskey. On the dresser there was a cut of tobacco and a lot of clay pipes, each man took a pipe and some tobacco.
It was also the custom to pay money to women to dress in white and go around crying for the dead.
These women were called "Keeners"
People say that this crying is still heard after certain families have died.

Collector
Alice Maxey
Gender
female
Address
Cappauniac, Co. Tipperary
Informant
Mr Matt Murnane
Gender
male
Address
Cappauniac, Co. Tipperary
Language
English