School: An Scairbh (B.)

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

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Folklore - Marriage Customs

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0591, Page 105

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In the olden days there were a lot of marriage customs, but they are almost extinct now.
It used be an understood thing that a big wedding be given, to which all the relations, friends, and neighbours of the married couple used be invited. It was generally held at the bride's house.
For days before the wedding great preparations used be made. Most of the neighbours used give presents.
Long ago people usn't be married until the evening, when several sidecars used be driven to the Church. Going from the Church the people used have races to see who had the best horse.
Once upon a time a poem was made up about the days of the week for getting married, which was,
Monday for health,

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Collector
Domhnall Mac an Aircinnigh
Gender
male
Address
Tingaree, Co. Clare
Informant
(name not given)
Relation
parent
Gender
female
Age
58
Address
Tingaree, Co. Clare
Language
English