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School: Kilbeggan (B.)

Location:
Kilbeggan, Co. Westmeath
Teacher:
P. Mac Siúrtáin

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Festival Customs

Archival Reference

The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0732, Page 464

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At 11-45 P.M. the last night of the old year we listen for the Joy bells which are being tolled in most districts as the saying goes "To ring out the old year and ring in the New." If New years day happens to fall on Monday there is supposed to be a special lucky day in store for us. The first Monday of the year is called "Handsel Monday" you are warned to neither " beg, borrow or buy on that day. If you receive a silver "handsel it is a sign that you wont need Money the year around.

People always are careful to note on New Year's day who "first foots" their house. If the first footen be a dark haired man it means a lucky year, a Red man - a good many rows, a fair man, a Marriage in the family, a grey, sickness. A young boy means the renewing of

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Collector
Imelda Dunican
Gender
female
Address
Kilbeggan, Co. Westmeath
Informant
Mrs Caffrey
Gender
female
Age
40 till 50
Language
English