School: Uragh (C.)

Location:
Uragh, Co. Cavan
Teacher:
E. Mc Caffrey

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Wakes and Funeral Customs

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0969, Page 106

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Long ago in this district a wake was held for two nights. Clay pipes filled with tobacco were given to the men to smoke; the old woman smoked them too. Snuff was also handed around. The women got noggins of sweet milk with oat bread, home-made bread and plenty of home-made butter. The refreshments were never given round until after twelve o clock at night. Whiskey was also served round and each man got two glasses.
In those days there was singing at wakes and games were often played too. It was considered a mark of respect to the deceased losing at the wake. At twelve midnight the Rosary was recited and it was said every hour until five o clock in the morning
It was believed that evil spirits went around a house in which there was a corpse. They would

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Informant
Mrs Mary Reilly
Gender
female
Age
over 90
Address
Teesnaghtan
Informant
Mr John Cassidy
Gender
male
Age
over 70
Occupation
farmer
Address
Cullatagh
Language
English