School: Tulach an Iarainn (B.)

Location:
Tallow, Co. Waterford
Teacher:
Proinnsias Ó Laoghaire

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May Customs

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0639, Page 102

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May is the month of Mary.

On May eve people bless the houses and crops of the farm with Easter Water.
It is a custom to eat three meals of nettles in May.
If a well ran dry and if you sprinkle Easter Water on May Eve where it was the water would come forth after some time.
If you rub the dew of the grass to your forehead on the first of May you will never get a head-ache.
A wet and windy May fills the haggard with corn and hay.
April, May keep out of the sea June and July swim till you die.
A swarm of bees in May is worth a cock of hay a swarm in June is worth a silver spoon and swarm in July is not worth a butterfly.

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