School: Lahinch (roll number 11591)

Location:
Lehinch, Co. Clare
Teacher:
Dónall Ó Ríordáin

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0621, Page 417

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in the country. Green branches are placed over the doors of homes and stables, supposed to keep out the fairies from doing harm to the stock. The cabins and dairies are all locked this night to prevent fairies from taking away the milk and butter.

Bonfires are lit on all the hillsides on this evening and singing and dancing are continued long into the night until the fires die out.

Stories are told by the older boys sitting peacefully around the fire and games are played by the younger crowd.
In some remote districts farmers burn a bush in the middle of the field of their farm.

MICHAELMAS
A goose is killed in almost every home in this festival

Informant
John O' Dwyer
Gender
male
Age
72
Address
Calluragh South, Co. Clare
Language
English