School: Yellow Furze

Location:
Yellow Furze, Co. Meath
Teacher:
Síle, Bean Uí Leamhain

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0684, Page 175

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The following is a custom which prevails in Co. Meath. When a widower re-marries soon after his first wife's death or if he is unpopular, the young men of the locality gather around the house at night and "horn" him. That is they blow "horns". These "horns" are generally bottles with the bottoms cut off. This is sometimes kept up for a fortnight or more. When a man goes on his honeymoon he is not "horned" until he comes home. Sometimes this custom leads to trouble.

Collector
Michael Macken
Gender
male
Address
Brownstown, Co. Meath
Informant
Christopher Macken
Gender
male
Age
59
Address
Brownstown, Co. Meath
Language
English