School: Kilnaleck (B.)

Location:
Kilnaleck, Co. Cavan
Teacher:
P. Ó Máirtín

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The Borrowing Days

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0994, Page 087

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The "Borrowing Days" are the first three days of April. The weather during these three days is cold and often colder than March itself. On this account it is said that March has borrowed these three days from April to kill the Old Cow.

The old story says that when the Old Cow was let out to graze she kicked up her heels and ran through the field with joy because March was out.
But March borrowed three days from April and killed the Old Cow.
These three days are called thus, The "Borrowing Days".

Sean McGee
Kilnaleck
Co Cavan

Information obtained from:-
Patrick McGee (60)

Collector
Sean Mc Gee
Gender
male
Address
Kilnaleck, Co. Cavan
Informant
Patrick Mc Gee
Gender
male
Address
Kilnaleck, Co. Cavan
Language
English