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School: Clochar na Trócaire, An Uaimh

Location:
Navan, Co. Meath
Teacher:
An tSiúr Concepta

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Bonfire

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0699, Page 354

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On the 29th June there is always a Bon fire lit on a hill about a ¼ mile from our house. The boys go round and collect about three cart fulls of turf and make a big fire. While the fire is blazing the young people dance on the road till about three o'clock in the morning. The music they have are violins and melodians and tamberines. Before the fire dies out any farmer who likes, can bring his cattle and drive them through the blaze. This is supposed to keep away all diseases during the year.

Collector
Eileen Norton
Address
Navan, Co. Meath
Informant
Michael Norton
Gender
male
Address
Finnea, Co. Westmeath
Language
English