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  1. Local Poets

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Kathleen Smith

    very sorry for him. They called him Paddy Connor the poet. These are a few lines of poetry.
    May Day I started to make the hay,
    I knelt on the street and begged the,
    grace to make the hay.
    On May Day.

    Kathleen Smith
    14th October 1938

  2. May Bushes

    Language
    English

    May-Bushes.

    On the eve of May-day, a member of practically every gets a pretty big branch of white-thorn, sticks it in the ground in front of house. Bunches of flowers, usually primroses, are tied to branches. The May-bush is left there for a few weeks.

  3. Festival Customs - May Day

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Vera Spooner

    May Day

    On the first day of May people decorate a bush with flowers and egg shells, because it is the first day of Summer. They paint the egg shells and they pick the flowers in the fields. Then they stick it up where everybody can see it.

  4. May Customs and Beliefs

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Máire Ní Giolla Phádruig
    Age
    11
    Informant
    (name not given)

    1
    It is said that long ago on May-day and during the first thre days of May it was dangerous for the cattle to be out in the fields because during that time the fairies had great power.

    2 And it is said also that the threshold is to be swept clean and ashes sprinkled over it, and in the morning you will see foot-prints on the threshold. If the foot-prints are inward a marriage is to take place, and if outward a death will take place in the house before the year is out.

  5. 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.

  6. May-Bay Customs and Superstitions
    On May morning it is customary with old people of this district to go out and gather up all the dew off the ground, and by doing this they believe that they will be rich the whole year round. Some of them wash their faces with the dew and this is supposed to prevent them from getting sun burned during the Summer months.
    There is also a peculiar belief about cows with some of the old people . On May Day if one farmers cow strays into the field where his neighbour's cow is grazing, one cow is supposed o take the butter off the milk of the other cow, and this generally leads to a quarrel between both owners, as it means that one of them will be at the loss of an amount of butter throughout the year.
    Mary K Burke

  7. Local Poets

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Kathleen Smith

    "Local Poets"
    One great friend of my father was Patrick Connor. He was very famous in Dunboyne for poetry and storytelling. He worked as a groom in John Mahers of Confey. He composed many songs and stories. His songs were "May Day, April Day", "December Week".

    If he heard any little bit of a story he would make a song of it. Everyone in the town of Dunboyne gathered around him. They would make up a little rhyme perhaps about some local people. He would add a lot to it till he would have it a long story or a song or piece of poetry.
    Every night he came to Dunboyne to tell stories. The people were always looking forward to him. He used to come even if it was raining or snowing.
    This night they were all waiting for him to come. They waited for a very long time but he did not arrive. They said something has happened. This is a fine night and he is not here.
    My father and another man went to his house a mile from Dunboyne. When they got there, he was sick in bed and a few days after he died. All the local people were

  8. Festival Customs

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Nell Maguire

    Although she is little her family is great.
    Rise up land-lady, and give us a "trate".
    Up with the kettle, and down with the pan
    Give us a "trate" and let us be gone."
    On Shrive Tuesday most people make pan-cakes, and eat them, with their tea that evening. Many people in my locality, say it is lucky to get married on Shrove Tuesday.
    On Easter Sunday it is a custom for all people to eat many eggs on that day, and the children eat chocolate eggs, and sometimes boys and girls, and sometimes grown up men, come out to the country, from the towns, looking for Easter eggs. The eggs that are laid on Good Friday are marked with a pencil, and are eaten on Easter Sunday.
    In most places a May bush is decorated and placed outside the door during May day. If the wind is coming from the north early on May morning, it is the sign of a good summer.
    On Hallow E'en the boys and girls of this locality, dress up in queer old clothes and put vizards on their faces and go from house to house, singing and dancing, and they get money and nuts and apples. In almost all homes, there are games played by the children, such as, "snap apple" diving for apples, nuts, and money in a bath of water, most people have a Barm brack for Hallow E'en.

  9. Festival Customs

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Peadar Mac Giolla Phádruig
    Age
    13
    Informant
    (name not given)

    The King of all birds.
    On St Stephen's Day was caught in the furze.
    Although she is small her family is great.
    Get up old lady and give us a treat.
    If you have nt a penny a halfpenny will do
    If you have'nt a halfpenny God bless you.

    St Patrick's Day
    On St Patrick's Day it is the custom to get shamrock and put it in your hat or coat. They wear it in honour of St Patrick's coming to Ireland.
    Shrove Tuesday
    On Shrove Tuesday people make pancakes and eat them.
    May Customs and Beliefs
    (1) On May Day it was the custom for young men and women to catch hands and dance round a bonfire, moving in curves from right to left as if imitating

  10. Festival Customs

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Diarmuid Ó Ceallaigh

    following song:
    The wren, the wren
    The king of all birds
    St Stephen's Day she was
    Caught in the furzes
    Although she was little
    Her family was great
    Rise up Land Lady
    And give us a treat
    Up with the kettle
    And down with the pan
    Give us a our answer
    And let us begone.

    On May day the people decorate the may bush, with festoons.
    Candles are also and placed on them.
    On Hallow En'n