School: Inis (B.) (roll number 15042)

Ennis, Co. Clare
Seoirse Ó Maoldhomhnaigh
The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0609, Page 450

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    Wakes and Funeral Customs.
    Wakes are held to show that the person is dead.We say the rosary.The five candles are lighted and we leave them on a table with a saucer full of snuff.
    One person takes the saucer and goes around with the snuff to the people.When the people take a pinch of snuff they say "The Lord have mercy on the dead".The people get tea ready and give it around.Then,after the tea porter is given out to the men.
    They say if you remain after twelve o'clock ,you should not leave the wake until daylight or you would be taken by the fairies .
    The corpse is brought to the chapel and the candles
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    Transcribed by a member of our volunteer transcription project.
    1. activities
      1. social activities (~7)
        1. rites of passage (~573)
          1. death (~1,076)
    Peter Hegarty
    Claureen, Co. Clare