School: Kilturk (B.)

Location:
Kilmore, Co. Wexford
Teacher:
Ss. Ó Briain

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Customs - Funeral Custom

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0878, Page 026

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Customs - Funeral Customs

It has long been customary in Kilmore parish for the chief mourners at all funerals to carry wooden crosses and place them on or at the foot of a hawthorn bush or ash tree convenient to the cross roads nearest to the graveyards towards which the funeral wends. It;s sorrowful way so at the present day their can be seen a number of small wooden crosses at places called Brandycross and Sarshill a short distance from the ancient graveyard of Grange Kilmore. These crosses are made out of the pieces of wood remaining over from the (?) out of which the coffins are made. The crosses are a couple of feel high and are painted in various

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Informant
Mr J. O' Brien
Gender
male
Address
Ballask, Co. Wexford
Language
English