School: Árd-chill

Ardkill More, Co. Cavan
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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0978, Page 195

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and boys wear the shamrock on the left side of their hats or caps. The women and girls wear it on the left side of their coats. In the end of February or early in March children and grown ups may be seen searching for shamrocks to send away a box of shamrocks to Irish exiles. On the eve of the feast a second gathering is made for the household.
The licensing laws were less strict twenty years ago. It was usual for young boys and men to call to the nearest village to "drown the shamrock" which meant to have a drink.
The couplet -
"Candlemas Day throw a candle away
St. Patrick's Day throw candle and candlestick away."
reminds us that our forefathers used no artificial light after St. Patricks Day.

James Joseph Conlon
Drumnalaragh, Co. Cavan