School: An Scairbh (B.)

Location:
Scarriff, Co. Clare
Teacher:
Seosamh Mac Siúrdáin

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Folklore - Weather Signs

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0591, Page 101

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Sun. When the sun rises red in the morning it is a sign of a bad day, but when the sun sets red in the evening it is a sign of good weather.
Moon. If there is a ring around the moon it is a sign of snow, and when the wind blows in McCormac's door it is a sign of snow. When there is a bright clear moon it is a sign of good weather.
Rainbow. A rainbow in the morning is a shepherd's warning. A rainbow in the night is a a shepherd's delight.
Stars. When the stars are glittering in the sky it is a sure sign of frost, but when they cloudy, and gloomy it is a sure sign of rain.

Animals. When a cat sits with its back to the fire it is a sign of bad weather. It is a sign of rain when a dog eats grass.
Birds. When a flock of sea-gulls lodge in a green field it is a sign of rain. When curlews are heard

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Collector
Tomás Ó Fathaigh
Gender
male
Address
Scarriff, Co. Clare
Informant
(name not given)
Relation
grandparent
Gender
female
Age
80
Language
English