School: Wilkinstown (roll number 1917)

Location:
Wilkinstown, Co. Meath
Teacher:
Máire Ní Failcheallaigh

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A Custom of Long Ago

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0711, Page 024

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Long ago it was a custom when a person was dead to make a cake of wheaten bread. This cake was generally made beween the hours of three and six o'clock.
When the cake was baked it was taken out of the oven and it was wrapped carefully in a piece of brown paper. The name of the dead person was written on a slip of paper and put in along with the cake. Then all was placed in a box and it was hidden away in some safe place.
It was believed that as long as the cake remained unharmed the body of the dead person remained fresh in the grave.

Collector
Patricia Reilly
Gender
female
Address
Demailestown, Co. Meath
Informant
Hugh Reilly
Gender
male
Address
Demailestown, Co. Meath
Language
English