School: Colehill (C.), Mullingar (roll number 14673)

Location:
Colehill, Co. Longford
Teacher:
Kathleen Morris

Filter stories

Back
/ 320 Forward
Resolution: Low | High
In the Penal Times

Archival Reference

The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0750, Page 254

Image and data © National Folklore Collection, UCD. See copyright details »

On this page

We know already that the parish church was burned in "Penal Times" and after that to outward appearance religious practices were a thing of the past but old people say there was never a Sunday passed but Mass was offered up either at the "Mass Rock" at Loughsheedan or in some private house. This is where they say 'stations' originated, from Mass and Communion in the country houses. To repeat the words of the old people "There's where it was and no place else". Preparing for the priest the little cabin would be scrubbed and cleaned and green rushes spread on the floor as a mark of respect. To this day you will meet people who will say "If I had a handful of green rushes I'd shake them under your feet" meaning you would be so welcome.

(continues on next page)
Collector
Mary J. Mc Guire
Gender
female
Age
13
Address
Lisnacreevy, Co. Longford
Informant
Mrs Mc Guire
Relation
parent
Gender
female
Address
Lisnacreevy, Co. Longford
Language
English