School: Naomh Bríghid, Blackwater (roll number 7036)

Location:
Blackwater, Co. Wexford
Teacher:
Diarmuid Ó Súilleabháin

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the bride's house where she and her friends were gathered. The priest arrived at the appointed time or a little after it. Then when the marriage ceremony was over there was a great feast. Two of the fattest geese were always kept in each house from Christmas till after Shrovetide in case a marriage occurred in the family. These geese took a prominent place on the feast table. When they had all eaten enough the dancing would begin. Music was supplied by travelling fiddlers or pipers. All went well till the clock struck twelve. Then the head of the house would say "Let ye stop dancing now. The holy season of Lent has begun." Then the bride would beg to let the dance be carried on longer but it was no use. Then the parties would all go home. A sidecar conveyed the newly marrieds to their home.