School: Mullagh (C )

Location:
Mullagh, Co. Cavan
Teacher:
Elizabeth Murchan

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Lore of Whit Sunday

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 1003, Page 222

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A person, or even an animal, born on Whit Sunday is supposed to be unlucky. They are called "Cingcíse".

If such a person injured another, even by accident, and even if only slightly, it would end badly - the sore would fester and take very long to heal. It might even cause death.
The bite of a "Cingcíse" animal is supposed to be very serious - almost always ending in death.
Some old folks say that if the person or child was placed under a sod after birth that they would not cause such harm to others.

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