School: Gaigue (B.), Ballinamuck (roll number 13305)

Location:
Gaigue, Co. Longford
Teacher:
Peter Duignan

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0758, Page 120

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Long ago on all souls night twelve neighbours would gather into a house in the townland and bring with them a candle each.

Long ago on all souls night twelve neighbours would gather into a house in the townland and bring with them a candle each. Then they would get a shovel of manure and set the twelve candles in it and light them. Then they would say the rosary and which ever of the candles was burned out first the person that it belonged to was supposed to be dead before the year was out.

Collector
Francis Lenahan
Gender
male
Informant
Francis Lenahan
Relation
grandparent
Gender
male
Age
72
Address
Gaigue, Co. Longford
Language
English

The graveyard in Ballinamuck was consecrated by Bishop Kilduff. It is not a very old one. The church was first built by the Dolans of Gaigue and it was thatched. School was taught in the Church for some time. The schoolmaster was named McGovern. He was very severe and the boys used to be stripped and flogged even in the presence

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