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"Superstitious Beliefs"
Old people are superstitious. They have charms and customs unknown to the youth of Ireland today.
When a young cow calves for the first time, three pennies are put in the milking bucket before she is milked. When the cow is milked, the pennies are taken out and given to the pet child in the house, to spend. The pennies are put in the bucket, to make the cream rich. When the first churning is being made, the coulter of a plough is put under the churn, to prevent the fairies from taking the butter.
It is believed that nothing, and especially a hatchet or a coal, should be given away, while a churning is being made. If a man lights his pipe with a coal while a churning is being made there will be no butter on the milk until he comes in and puts the ashes