School: Cluainteach (C.), Newtownforbes

Cloontagh, Co. Longford
Bean Mhic Garaidh
The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0756, Page 272

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  1. Hallow E'en is an annual festival observed on the 31st. October. It is looked forward to by all the Irish at home or abroad especially by the young people. It is observed with great pomp and splendour. The old people observed strange customs at Hallow E'en. They made sure to have all their work done early, because they believed that the fairies and ghosts had leave to be out on that night, and they would not go outside the door past night. They spent the night playing tricks and telling stories. They performed many tricks, and they believed in the result of them. The marriageable girls went to a shop or a house and steal a herring. They could not speak from they stole the herring until next morning. When they came home they put the tongs on some coals, and put the herring on the tongs to cook. When it was cooked they
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