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

Location:
Aghnacliff, Co. Longford
Teacher:
Eoghan Mac Aodha

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Beliefs Associated With Death and Burial

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0762, Page 068

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When the cock crows after dark it is believed to be a sign of death.
If nine magpies are seen together it is a sign of a death in whatever townland they are seen.
If four magpies are seen together it is the sign of a death in the house nearest to where they are seen.
It is said to be a sign of death to dream of white stockings.
When a picture falls from the wall it is a sign of death in the house or among near relatives.
If a hen crows in on the door it is said to be a sign of a death in the family.
When a rainbow is seen over a house it is a sign of a death in that house.
When a person dies in a house the clock is stopped until the corpse is removed.

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Collector
Michael Lynch
Gender
male
Address
Cleenrah, Co. Longford
Informant
Mrs Lynch
Gender
female
Age
38
Address
Cleenrah, Co. Longford
Language
English