School: Coill na Leac

Location:
Kilnaleck, Co. Cavan
Teacher:
P. Mac Geibheannaigh

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0976, Page 064

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married on Monday or Wednesday. A great number say it is lucky for the sun to shine on the wedding-day. The marriage must take place in the parish, where the Bride lives, and the marriage must be celebrated by the parish priest of the parish, and there must be two witnesses, and those witnesses are called the Bride's maid and Groom's man.

In the olden times marriages were not held until the middle of the day. When the Bride and the Groom would be going to the chapel, there would be a procession of traps after them, and home again to the Bride's house. It is said that Saturday is an unlucky day to get married.
If you marry in May you will ruin the day.

Collector
Mary Boyle
Gender
female
Address
Derrylina, Co. Cavan
Language
English

It is an old custom in this country for strawboys to attend wedding houses. They do have straw hats and coats on them. The straw covers nearly all their faces. They do have a fiddle with them and they do dance and sing on the street

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Collector
Kathleen Cusack
Gender
female
Address
Derryleague, Co. Cavan
Language
English