School: Rathkenny (roll number 15483)

Location:
Rathkenny, Co. Meath
Teacher:
Tomás Mac Cárthaigh

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Local Marriage Customs

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0714, Page 230

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This is an old marriage custom, that was common long ago. When the wedding party was returning to the bridegroom's house, several persons from the groom's party would get off the cars a short distance from the house and run to get a bottle of whiskey which was on the table. Whoever would get it first would bring it to the bride. She would give a drink round to the party and then break the bottle on a stone. It was considered very unlucky if she did not beak it at the first attempt. If she did break it the crowd would cheer and they could be heard for miles around, shouting "Long life to the Bride and Groom".

It is a custom for the bride to wear for luck,
"Something old and something new.
Something borrowed and something blue."

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Collector
Greta Mc Cabe
Gender
female
Address
Ladyrath, Co. Meath
Informant
John Mc Cabe
Gender
male
Age
48
Address
Ladyrath, Co. Meath
Language
English