School: St Columkille's, Aughnacliffe (roll number 14220)

Location:
Aghnacliff, Co. Longford
Teacher:
Eoghan Mac Aodha
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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0762, Page 005

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  1. It was an old belief in Ireland that people had power to take the butter off their neighbour's churn by certain charms.
    One of these charms was to weave a rope around you where three townlands met and say while weaving the rope, "All the butter of these three townlands come to me". This had to be done on a May morning.
    One May morning a priest out of the County Leitrim was going to a sick call. He saw a woman named Mrs. Reilly standing between three townlands weaving a rope round her. He thought she had lost her senses. When she saw the priest she got a great surprise. She dropped the rope and ran home. The priest picked up the rope and brought it home. He left it in the dairy. In a few days his servant began to churn in the dairy. When she was a while churning she took off the lid and found that the churn was full with butter.
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    Language
    English
    Collector
    Michael Gormley
    Gender
    Male
    Address
    Polladooey, Co. Longford
    Informant
    James Fitzpatrick
    Gender
    Male
    Age
    69
    Address
    Polladooey, Co. Longford