School: Killyconnan (C.)

Location:
Killyconnan, Co. Cavan
Teacher:
M. Ní Ghabhann

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Whit Week Superstitions

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0979, Page 219

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It is said that a child born in Whit week is unlucky, and that a blow from such a person, later on, may kill. Such a child is called a "Cincisín". There is said to have existed a custom of counteracting the bad luck, by digging a sod or 'scraw' and placing it on the child's head: the story goes that such a child 'is put under a sod'.

If a cow calved this week the calf was placed in a hole dug for the purpose and a sod placed on him.
The same was done with a foal born this week. And the foal was supposed to be doubly unlucky if he should happen to have a white star in his forehead as well.

Collector
Judy Cusack
Gender
female
Address
Corrawillin, Co. Cavan
Informant
Mr Frank Murray
Gender
male
Age
64
Address
Lavey, Co. Cavan
Language
English