who took part in the "Herring hunt".
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In olden days it was considered unlucky to use and "alder rod" for any purpose.
Above all it was never used in giving corporal punishment to a young offender. (In these days a rod was always kept on the top of the dresser, but it was never an alder rod).
This was because the Irish people believed that the Cross on which Our Lord was crucified was made of alder wood.
When a family had to "flit" that is to change their residence they always selected Friday for the "flitting" as it was considered unlucky to move on any other day of the week
In fact old people tell us it was never done under any circumstances.