School: Baile an Chnuich (Hilltown)

Location:
Hilltown, Co. Wexford
Teacher:
Simon Murphy

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Weather-Lore

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0882, Page 178

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A good sign of fine weather is to see the sun go down red and the sky to be red after it has gone. It is an old saying "Evening red and morning grey sends the traveller on his way, but evening grey and morning red sends down rain upon his head".

animals insects and birds.
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When a dog eats grass it is a sign of rain. Other signs of rain are when a cat sits with her back to the fire, when a snail goes into its shell and when worms appear above the ground. Ducks begin to quack and black frogs are seen on the roads before rain.
If the flys come out and go around it is going to be a fine day. When midges get busy in the evening it is sure to rain next day. When the crickets are singing loudly it is a sign of rain.
Wild geese fly low, plovers will fly down from the hills to the sea, curlews call, crows will fly low, and the seagulls will come inland, before rain comes. Sheep will go to a sheltered ditch before a snowstorm.
moons and rainbows.
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If there is a circle round the moon at night, it is a sign

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