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  1. The Lore of Certain Days

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Theresa O' Reilly

    On the morning of all souls day old people get up at dawn and say the rosary for the Holy Souls. The eve of all Souls Day which is the first of November people don't like to be out late because the Holy Souls are around and they don't like to throw out water afraid they would throw it on the Holy Souls.

    Christmas Eve night people put lighted candles, one, in every window of the house. These candles are lighted because Our Lady is supposed to come to every house and the lighted candles are a sign or symbol of welcome to Her. This is an old Irish custom and it is kept up even to the present.

  2. Custom

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Margaret Roche

    It is the custom in my home in the village of Kilbrittain Co Cork, townland of Glanduff, Barony of to light a blessed candle for the Poor Souls at nightfall on the eve of all Souls Day and also on the following night. Prayers are said for the Poor Souls by the household when the candle is being lighted.

  3. Festival Customs

    Language
    English
    Collector
    John O' Connell
    Informant
    Patrick O' Connell
    Age
    58

    backs, and they put their heads into the tub to catch the apple. The following day is called "All Souls Day", and mass is celebrated for the repose of their souls.

  4. own house Christmas day, you would be gone for the whole year. It is not right to throw out dirty water Christmas day or night.
    All souls day:- People say it is right to offer up the rosary on that night for the souls in purgaruty, because on that night there is a suffering soul at the rafter of the house expecting a prayer.

  5. Composition - Festival Customs

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Nora Flanagan
    Informant
    Mr Patrick Gibbons
    Age
    76

    in a tub of water. It is All Saint's Day and they play other games also.
    The next day is All Souls Day and we pray for the souls in Purgatory. It is said that there is a dead person's soul in every house asking the people's prayers.

  6. Observances and Ceremonies

    Language
    English

    After this meal, games are played, stories are told and dancing goes on until the small hours of the morning.
    All Souls' Day is the day after Hallow E'en. It is a holiday and the people attend Mass in the forenoon. That night the "Rosary" is said in every home, every place is left spotlessly clean. A huge turf fire is left and chairs are left convenient to the fire because it is believed that the souls of the dear departed visit their old homes that night.

  7. Kate Merwick of Coulagh Ard

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Thomas Harrington
    Informant
    Mary Harrington
    Age
    39

    Kate Merwick of Coulagh Ard.

    Over twenty years ago a girl lived in Coulagh Ard named Kate Merwick. When she was a little girl her mother died. On all souls day about eighteen years after her mother dying. She was cooking the dinner when she saw the woman standing on the floor. The woman asked her did know her she said she did not. She told the girl that she could not know her

  8. Halloween

    Language
    English

    in finding them again. They tie one another's doors and the next morning they have to go out through the window to open them The people make potato pudding as an extra feast and put a ring in it and whoever gets it will be married in twelve months. They leave some food for the fairies to eat. It is an old custom to put on a big fire and leave chairs around it for the holy souls to come in and warm themselves. Then the children retire to bed after their good supper. The next day being all souls day is a holiday of obligation and it is also a school holiday. There are visits to be made for the holy souls on that day.

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    On the Eve of All Souls Day candles are lighted on the windows which are left....

    Language
    English

    On the Eve of All Souls Day candles are lighted on the windows which are left uncurtained that night. A separate candle is lighted for each departed one to give it light on its journey for that night.
    The lights are allowed to burn themselves out to the last.

  10. Festivals Customs

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Philomena Mahon
    Age
    13

    Shrove Tuesday is kept by making pancakes and a ring is put in one of the pancakes and it is said whoever gets the ring will be married first.
    We get ashes on Ash Wednesday. Sts Peter and Pauls Day we light a bon-fire. On All Souls Day we eat colcannon.

  11. Piseoga

    Language
    English
    Informant
    Mrs J.J. Kelleher

    May you would not get sickness for the year.
    12. On little Christmas at twelve O' Clock all the water turns into wine.
    13. On All Souls Day you should cover all mirrors.
    14. It is unlucky to get married in May.
    15.The mother should attend the funeral of her eldest child.
    16. The lid of coffin should be left outside till the corpse is brought out.
    17. On All Souls Day the old souls pay a visit to their old home.
    18.It is unlucky to have two people meet on the stairs.
    19. If the housekeeper dies all the bees die.
    20. If a swarm of bees come it is either for luck or misfortune.

  12. November Customs

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Hannah Farren

    On the 2nd of November falls all Souls day. Visits are made to the church for the Holy Souls.

    In the evening the people make poundies. Then they start to clean the house. The floor is swept clean and a large blazing fire is put on. After this a row of chairs or stools are put round the fire.
    A large plate of poundies is put on the table and a few spoons are left along with them. Before the people go to bed they leave the door unbolted. When they go to bed they leave a light lit in the room all night to give light to the holy souls. They come out and go into house.

  13. Local Prayers

    Language
    Mixed
    Collector
    Liam Ó hIarfhlatha
    Informant
    Liam Ó hIarfhlatha
    Age
    86

    A prayer to be said each night

    D'iarraim ort a Rí na nGrást agus a Mhaighdean ride (?) gheal bhán. Do connaich do mhach-sa bháis. T'athchuigí chun Rí na nGrást. Relief a thabhairt ar ár n-anam agus do gach anam atá 'na ghádh.

    A prayer to be said All Souls' Day
    Go dtugaidh Dia relief ar anamacha mairbh sa domhan agus ar ár n-anam féin ar uair ár mbáis.

  14. Halloween

    Language
    English
    Informant
    Patrick Sheehan

    Halloween comes the last day in October every year. It is the eve of All Saints' day. The day after All Saints' day is All Souls' day. It is the custom to light three big candles and leave them lighting all night on All Saints' Night. A cake is bought called the Hallowe'en Barm Brack. This cake contains a ring, stick, pea, bean and rag. The cake is cut into thick slices and each person in the house gets a bit. It is said that the ring is for marriage, the stick for a coffin, the pea for poverty, the bean for prosperity, and the rag for a habit. Hallowe'en is also called snap-apple night.
    A tub of water is placed in the middle of the kitchen. Then an apple is put into the tub and each person tries to take it out with his mouth while blindfolded. Another old custom is to hang an apple on a piece of cord from the roof of the kitchen. Then the apple is hit to make it swing and the people try to catch it in their mouths while it is swinging. Sometimes two plates are placed on the table. A ring is placed in one while the other contains nothing. Some person is blindfolded and places his hand on one of the plates. If he touches the plate containing the ring he will be married in a short while; if he touches the other one he will never be married.

  15. Feasts

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Kitty Moran
    Informant
    Mrs Thomas Moran
    Age
    85

    (1) The Circumcision (2) Epiphany (3) St Bridgets Day (4) Shrove (5) Lent (6) Ash Wednesday (7) St Patricks Day (8) Spy[?] Wednesday (9) Good Friday (10) Easter Sunday (11) May Day (12) Ascension Thursday (13) Corpus Cristi (14) Whit Sunday (15) S S Peter and Paul Day (16) Assumption (17) November Day (18) All Souls Day (19) All Saints Day (20) Immaculate Conception (21) Xmas Eve (22) Xmas Day (23) Xmas Night (24) St Stephens Day.

    1. The Circumcision. Or New Years Day.
    People stay up until New Year come to see the kind of weather. It is said that whatever kind of weather is on New Years Night will be all

  16. Feasts

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Mary B. Mannion
    Informant
    Mrs Bridget Tierney
    Age
    84

    New Years Day, Epiphany, Purification, Presentation, Ash-Wednesday, Lent, Ember Days, Passion Sunday, Palm Sunday Spy Wednesday, Maunday Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, Easter, St. Patricks Day, St Bridgets Day, St Joseph, Annunciation, Ascension, Pentecost, Trinity Sunday, Corpus Christi, Feast of the Sacred Heart, S.S. Peter and Paul, Visitation, Assumption, Nativity, Michaelmas day, All Saints day, All souls day;
    Epiphany
    On this night it is customary to light twelve small candles. Everybody gets a candle

  17. Feasts

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Bridget Connill
    Informant
    Thady Searry
    Age
    68

    New Year's Day, Epiphany, St Patrick's Day, Ascension thursday. Corpus Christi, Saint Peter and Pauls Day, Assumption, All Saints Day, Christmas Day, St Bridgets Day, Shrove, Lent, Ash Wednesday, Spy Wed, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, May Day, All-Souls Day, Immaculate Conception, Xmas Night, St Stephans Day.
    New Year's Day
    If a beggar man is seen on new

  18. Lucky and Unlucky Days

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Seán de Fréins
    Informant
    Mrs Ennis
    Age
    40

    wood on your shoulder into any house, or kill "crickets" at the fire.
    It is also said it is unlucky to kill a spider, as it will rain if you do.
    If you hit your companion with an "elder" stick he is supposed to grow no more. It is also unlucky to throw water out a "All Souls' Day".

  19. Festival Customs

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Molly Reilly
    Informant
    (name not given)

    the cake that night.
    Never throw out water on All Sould day. You ar throwing it inot the Soul's faces.
    Leave a basin of warer on the floor on All Souls night for the Souls to wash their feet. If you give money to a poor man at the door on All Souls Day you'll have great luck for the year. Holy Thursday is considered a lucky day to sell animals. Better prices will be given and animals bought on that day will thrive.
    Dont hang out clothes to dry on May Day. Clothes hung out this day will rot. On New Year's Eve, the door should be left open till mid-night to let in the New Year and let the old year out.

    These customs were collected by Molly Reilly Rathcoffey N.S. who got them from her Father who lives in Painstown, Donadea, Co Kildare.

  20. Old Proverbs

    Language
    English

    sprig of shamrock in his honour, as it was with the shamrock that Saint Patrick explained the mystery of the Blessed Trinity tp the pagan Irish.
    On All Souls' Day it is the custom before retiring that night, to leave a big fire down for the poor souls to warm themselves, and some bread and water that they may eat and drink enough. The door is also left open to let them pass through.
    On Christmas Eve at twelve o'clock at the time Jesus was born, the donkey makes the sign of the cross on the ground, and then kneels down, as the donkey was one of the animals that was in the stable when Our Lord was born
    When a marriage between a couple had been arranged, it is always the custom for the father of the intended bride to go and interview the intended husband and it is an old custom when he is leaving on the journey to throw an old shoe or boot after the car as an omen of good luck.
    It is also customary when the newly married pair leaving on their honeymoon to tie an old shoe or boot to the back of the car for luck.