School: Yellow Furze

Yellow Furze, Co. Meath
Síle, Bean Uí Leamhain

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Strange Customs in a Forge

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0684, Page 272

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Mr. Courtney the local blacksmith sometimes makes use of stange words when at his work especially when shoeing wheels.
He tells us that he got his formula from his granfather who was also a blacksmith when hammering on the iron he repeats these words

"In mudelis
In caynónis
In furtáris
In óknónis"
When "translated" this very mysterious rhyme reads
"In mud eel is
"In clay none is
"In fur tar is
"In oak none is."
It is said that the mysterious formula was used to impress the spectators who are always to be seen in a forge.