School: Banagher (B.)

Banagher, Co. Offaly
Séamus Ó Maoilchéire
The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0816, Page 439

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  1. Superstitions and Old Beliefs
    There are many old beliefs still held in the locality. The black cat is of course considered lucky. While to meet a red haired woman is unlucky. In many houses they nail up a horse shoe at the back of the door to bring good luck. When going or returning from a journey they say it unlucky for a cat to cross your path. The magpie is also considered very unlucky. Here is a rhyme:-
    "One for sorrow,
    Two for joy,
    Three for a wedding,
    Four to die,
    Five for silver,
    Six for gold,
    Seven for a secret,
    Never to be told".
    (continues on next page)
    Transcribed by a member of our volunteer transcription project.
    James J. Mulhare