School: Meath Hill (roll number 7166)

Meath Hill, Co. Meath
Patrick J. Connolly

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Charms - Milking the Heather

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0712, Page 137

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Milking the heather
A woman went out early on May morning and strigged the top of the heather with her toes and made the wish to take a certain neighbour's cow's milk or butter. It thereby decreased with the neighbour & correspondingly increased with the woman who set the charm.
To prevent butter from being Charmed away.
When the churn was done, the staff of the churn-dash was circled three times round the churn. This broke all charms which might be made against the churn.
If this didn't suceed a new staff was made from the rowan tree