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

Location:
Colehill, Co. Longford
Teacher:
Kathleen Morris

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The Lore of Certain Days

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0750, Page 281

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The first day of the new year is called Handsel Monday
People refrain from spending money on this day they believe if they do necessity will arise each day of the year to spend it. The darker the first footer is (meaning his complexion) that visits your home on New Year's Day the better your luck will be for the coming year. The 2nd February is called Candlemas Day: old people said on that day you could throw half the candle and candlestick away. They said New Year's Day the "cock step was on the dunghill" meaning the day's were getting that much longer. It is unlucky to throw out sweepings or ashes on Monday you throw out your luck for the rest of the week. Old people saved an

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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