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School: Virginia (B)

Location:
Virginia, Co. Cavan
Teacher:
E. Ó Raghallaigh

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The Christmas Horn

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 1001, Page 103

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The blowing of the Christmas horn is indulged in, in this part of the country. It starts about the beginning of December and continues until Christmas.

The horn is made in the following way. A five naggin bottle is procured. Some water is put in the bottom of the bottle. Some bread soda is dropped in to bottle which is then securely corked. It is then placed on a red coal and in a few moments the bottom falls out of the bottle. At night the horn is brought outside by some person who blows with all his might. The horn produces a sound which can be heard for miles around.

Collector
Leo Sheridan
Gender
male
Address
Deerpark, Co. Cavan
Informant
Mrs Mary Morgan
Gender
male
Address
Deerpark, Co. Cavan
Language
English