A rush hanging from a hen’s wing is a sign of a funeral. A horse’s shoe hung over the door of the dwelling house is supposed to bring luck. If a person came into a house while the churn is being made he should make a “dreas” or he would take away the butter. Milk would not be given away on May day without putting salt in it. If salt is spilled, it is a sign of bad luck. When a tooth falls it is thrown over the head so that another tooth would grow in its stead. If a person is hit with an alder branch he will cease to grow. It is unlucky to burn an alder bush.
Collected by: - Brighid Ní Fhlathaigh Whitemount
Told by: - Mrs. Mc Gann (senior) Whitemount