School: An t-Éadan Mór

Location:
Edenmore, Co. Monaghan
Teacher:
S. Mac Philib

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0960, Page 266

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On Saint Brigid's Eve rushes are pulled at a spot where three townlands meet. These are brought and left outside the house. On Saint Brigid's day some one goes out, gets the rushes, and comes into the house on their knees saying "Brigid's coming, Is she welcome" and the ones in the house say "yes." The rushes are then brought in and "Crusogs" are made from the rushes and are hung around the house till the following year to bring good luck.

Collector
Bridie Mc Kenna
Gender
female
Address
Tamlat, Co. Monaghan
Informant
Miss Mary Mc Kenna
Gender
female
Address
Tamlat, Co. Monaghan
Language
English

On Shrove Tuesday pancakes are made and for this reason that day is called "Pancake Tuesday." There is a joke still played by the old people concerning this. Some person sends another person for the loan of the "pancake siv" (an article which does not exist) to some house. The persons in that house send him to another house and so on until the person has perhaps gone round a district.

On Christmas day a piece of a coal is taken out of the fire and left aside to the following Christmas morning and it is used to light the fire on that morning.