School: Pitfield, Inis (roll number 11091)

Cloondrinagh, Co. Clare
Tomás Ó Maonaigh
The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0606, Page 183

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  1. Customs pertaining to wakes are different in different localities.
    When a person dies in this place this is what happens -
    Two or three elderly women in the neighbourhood are asked to come to the house to "lay him out."
    When the "corpse" is washed it is laid on a board, about nine inches wide, on the bed.
    If the deceased was enrolled in the brown scapulars he wears a habit of that order.
    That night boys and girls come to the "corpse house" and after a short prayer at the bedside, they sit in the kitchen and talk in a low subdued tone.
    All are supplied with refreshments. Drink is usually given around, and everyone gets a cup of tea. It is also a custom to give some snuff to everyone, and some time ago clay pipes and tobacco
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    1. activities
      1. social activities (~7)
        1. rites of passage (~573)
          1. death (~1,076)
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    Lavally, Co. Clare