School: Kilmore Convent School

Location:
Kilmore, Co. Wexford
Teacher:
Sr. Lorcan Ní Riain

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0877, Page 134

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This custom has been commonly practised at Brandycross, Sarshill and Tenacre all in the neighbourhood of the old churches of Kilturk, Tomhaggard and Kilmore and also at Barrow in Wexford. In all these places the pieces of wood remaining over from the boards out of which the coffin has been made were fashioned into crosses a couple of feet high and painted in various colours. These were then carried by the chief mourners and placed on or at the foot of a hawthorn or ash tree convenient to the cross roads nearest to the graveyard towards which the funeral wends its sorrowful way.

Informant
Mr Thomas Doyle
Gender
male
Age
53
Address
Ballask, Co. Wexford
Language
English