School: Mullach, Sráid na Cathrach (roll number 3928)

Location:
Mullagh, Co. Clare
Teacher:
Proinnsias Ó Sandair

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Féilí na Bliana - St Martin's Day

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0624, Page 153

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St Martin was a very holy man. He went around preaching the Gospel to the people. On the eleventh of November we celebrate the feast of St Martin.
It is a custom of the people to kill fowl and spill the blood in honour of that great Saint. It is also a custom of the people to dip a piece of cotton wool in the blood as it is considered very good for a sudden pain.
Some years ago the mills were not worked or any class of carts were not used on that day as it is said St Martin was ground in a mill.

Collector
Kathleen Donlan
Gender
female
Address
Moyglass Beg, Co. Clare
Informant
Patrick Donlan
Gender
male
Address
Knocknahila More North, Co. Clare
Language
English