School: Duleek (C.) (roll number 3114)

Location:
Duleek, Co. Meath
Teacher:
Máire, Bean Uí Dhonnchadha

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0683, Page 051

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The farmers around Duleek would not sow oats until after 17th March. St Patrick turned the sod on that day and it was thought that the cold left the ground so that there would be plenty of growth from that on.

Told by
Patrick Smith
Bolies, Duleek

Informant
Patrick Smith
Gender
male
Address
Boolies Great, Co. Meath
Language
English

The old cow was glad when March was gone and the cold gone out of the ground. She said "I will be happy now for the rest of the year" March heard her and said "I will borrow three days from April" During these three days the old cow was perished and died. These are still referred to as the "Borrowed Days" and the weather is

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Informant
Patrick Smith
Gender
male
Address
Boolies Great, Co. Meath
Language
English