School: Edenmore, Ballinamuck (roll number 14584)

Location:
Edenmore, Co. Longford
Teacher:
Seán Ó Réid

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Local Marriages

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0761, Page 056

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June "the month of roses", is considered one of the luckiest months of the year for marriages to take place in this locality. Shrove is also considered a very lucky time, but "Shrove Tuesday"" the opposite because its night is called "Pancake Night" and Lent comes in at twelve o'clock, therfore they can have no feasting or merrymaking on that night. April and July are supposed to be two of the unluckiest months of the year for marriages, and Friday and Saturday two of the unluckiest day of the week. Some time before the marriages occur. matches are made and settled and money, stock, or goods given as a dowry or fortune. About a hundred and twenty years ago, it is said that some marriages used to tale place in the bride's house, as was the costem then.
Nowadays all catholic marriages take place in the churches, and the wedding party spend the day feasting and merry-making in the brdie's house.
The bride and groom go on their honeymoon after the breakfast. That night "straw boys" or locally called

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Collector
Jenny Keohane
Gender
female
Age
16
Address
Fostragh, Co. Longford
Informant
Edward Kiernan
Gender
male
Age
60
Address
Fostragh, Co. Longford
Language
English