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  1. May Day

    Language
    English
    Informant
    Paddy Donoghue
    Age
    55

    Do not give away milk nor butter on May Day. Do not "redden" any ground on May Day. Be slow to give a coal of fire out of a house at any time, but on no account give one on May Day. It is not a good omen for a child's welfare to be born on May Day. As a matter of fact young animals are not welcome either on May Day.
    If milk must be given away on May Day always put a pinch of salt in it, if a drop of holy water is not convenient. If three or four families get water from a well, get the first of the water on May Morning. Make care that nobody takes a spancel out of the farm on this particular day.

  2. (no title)

    Some say it is very lucky to churn on May day and May day butter was supposed to cure any sore, though I heard another old woman, still living, say it was wrong to churn on May day.

    Language
    English
    Informant
    Mrs M. O Sullivan

    Some say it is very lucky to churn on May day and May day butter was supposed to cure any sore, though I heard another old woman still living say it was wrong to churn on May day.

    It is most unlucky to give anything away on May Day. When I was a child a man refused to give the scholars the kindling for the school fire on May morning though he gave it every other day.
    No one should leave the house while the churn is going on without
    (Mrs M O'Sullivan, Ankail House, Tahilla)

  3. (no title)

    Long ago the people of this part of the country were very superstitious; they would not oblige their neighbour milk or butter on May Day...

    Language
    English
    Informant
    Maighréad Ní Ghráda
    Age
    24

    Long ago the people of this part of the country were very superstitious; they would not oblige a neighbour with milk or butter on May Day because they were under the impression that some people had a charm for taking the neighbour's butter on that day. They used to sprinkle the cows with holy water on May Eve to prevent the neighbours from taking the butter. They used to churn on May Day for they believed there was a great cure in butter made on May Day. If a neighbour entered the housed while the churn was being made he should take a Greas at the the churn or they would think he would take away their luck at butter-making etc. for the year.

  4. Lore of Certain Days

    Language
    English
    Collector
    D. Mc Carthy
    Informant
    Mary Mc Carthy

    It is unlucky to give out milk on May Day without putting a pinch of salt into it.
    It is unlucky to give a coal out of the fire away on May Day
    Long ago before sunrise on May Day people used go out and take away the water of their neighbours wall by the power of the devil
    The old people not like to see a person bringing in any green things on May Day
    Get a saucer of water and a saucer of clay and a rosary bead. Then get a person and put a cloth across his eyes and lead

  5. May Day Superstitions

    Language
    English

    Never carry out fire in the field on May-day.

    Never give away milk or a coal of fire
    Bring in branches of the Summer tree.
    Never take out the ashes on that day.
    Never give away butter on May Day

    It is unlucky to meet a red-haired woman or a hare on May-day.

    It is unlucky to pass out sheep on the road on May-day.

    It is unlucky to see a horse-shoe on the road on May-Day.

    When hatching eggs the Sign of the Cross should be made on them with a burned stick.

    It isn't right to present a gun at anyone whether is is loaded or not.

    When a cow calves the hairs are burned off the udder with a Blessed Candle.

    Never hatch eggs on Monday or Friday.

  6. Charms

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Patt Mc Elligott
    Informant
    John Mc Elligott
    Age
    50

    Long ago when my Grandmother was a young girl there was some kind of charm or witchcraft worked by some old people. All the farmers at that time made their own butter as there were no creameries and some wicked people were able to take away by witchcraft their neighbour's butter. This was nearly always worked on May morning. Those old women would go out to their neighbours' cows before the sun rose on May morning and take a sheet with them and wave it over the cows and say some words. It happened on May day a young student was at a party all night at a friends house and was returning home just as the day dawned on May day. He spied an old woman up on a fence looking in at her neighbour's cows. She had a white sheet and she waved it over them (saying) saying at the same time, "give half your butter to me." The student hid and she could not see him. He did not understand what she meant and when she said "give half your butter to me he said after "give

  7. Piseoga

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Leanaí na scoile

    1. If you met a tramp and the tramp to salute you you would have good luck for the rest of the day.
    2. If your hens are dying get a clutch of eggs from your neighbours on May Day and they won't die any more.
    3. If you get a kid from your neighbour on May Day without paying for it. If your cows are going wrong they will go right.
    4. The Holy Water blessed by the priest on May Day the old women use it for all sorts of witchcraft.
    5. You should never spill salt.

  8. Farm Animals

    Language
    English

    door as you came in in a May-Day you would carry out all the luck for the year.

  9. Festival Customs

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Eilís Nic Mhuiris
    Informant
    Patrick Fitzmaurice

    St. Brigid Day. The people make crosses of timber and put them on the rafters of their houses in honour of St. Brigid.
    St Patrick's Day. It is a custom to wear shamrock and harps and green ribbon.
    Chalk Sunday. Those that did not marry get chalked by a crowd that generally collect at the chapel gates.
    May Day. There are many customs connected with May-day. On May Eve the branches of the sycamore or Summer is brought in and put up around the house. It is supposed to keep out evil. Long ago the people used dance round the May tree, and many people would not give away milk on May day. It is said if

  10. Phisogues

    Language
    English
    Informant
    Ita Moloney

    Long ago it was the custom on May Eve to bless the cattle and crops.
    One should not sit on the grass or pick flowers on May Day.
    Milk should not be given away on May Day without shaking salt on it.
    If any one came in on May Eve and a churn was being made, he or she take a turn at it for fear they would carry the butter.

  11. Piseoga

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Conncubhar O Caoímh
    Age
    13
    Informant
    (name not given)

    Conncubhar O Caóimh buachaill ins an 5[?] Ranng a thug chugham iad so banar, fua[?] sé ó na mháthair. 7 ó n'athair íad. Ta sé is bliadhne [?], táim á mbpeacadh. Síor dínear mar thug sé chugham íad.

    1 Not to lie on the grass May Day.
    2. Not to give away milk May Day
    3 You should shake Holy Water on the cows May Night
    4 You should not pick herbs May Day
    5 If you met a foxy girl on the road you should turn home
    6 Any one should not leave the house without water by night (have water in the house)
    7 You should never pick fairy thimble
    8 If you put a horse-shoe up on a tree you would get something lost afterwards
    9. The first old woman to have a bucket of water home from the well May Morning (fortunate for year)
    10 A whistling woman and a crowing hen should not be left in the house together
    11 Any house there's a black cat in the devil is there
    12 If you met a man with a white horse on the road he could cure the chin-cough
    13 To make the sign of the Cross on the cows' hips with cow-dung May Eve
    14 Not to give away milk to any person May Eve without putting salt in it
    15 Any one should not carry out a coal of fire May Day
    16 If you were going any place by night if two cock

  12. May Day Customs

    Language
    English
    Informant
    Michael Connor
    Age
    85

    fifteen years ago there were a good share of these customs in the country. These customs often caused trouble in a district on May Day.


    The Decorations of the houses
    Long ago the people used decorate their houses with the leaves of the sycamore tree to welcome the summer.

    Milk
    People never gave away milk on May Day because they thought that the person they would give it to would have the profit of the milk for the year.

    A Well
    If there were two or three families getting water in one well one of the families would try to get the water from the well the first on May-Day, because it was supposed that they would have the cleanest of the water for the year, and good luck also.

    Holy Water
    The farmers used go out in their fields on May-Morning and they used sprinkle holy water on their crops and on their animals so as to drive away evil spirits.

  13. (no title)

    People say that it is unlucky to pick flowers or throw out the ashes on May day.

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Bridget Kennelly
    Informant
    Mrs Kennelly

    People say that it is unlucky to pick flowers or throw out the ashes on May day. Mondays and Fridays are unlucky days for getting married. Mondays is said to be an unlucky day for beginning school.

  14. Festival Customs

    Language
    English
    Collector
    David Doak
    Informant
    Ms Doak
    Age
    55

    It is the custom that no person of the household puts a foot over the threshold after twelve o'clock at midnight because they are afraid of fairies. This superstition is held very strongly still with the old people. May Day is also called Summer Day. An old proverb says "If you wash your face in the May dew your cheeks will be rosy all the year through", that is if you get up at five o'clock in the morning when the heavy dew is on the grass.

  15. May Eve Beliefs

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Máire Ní Fhlaithbheartaigh

    If a person sleeps late on May Eve he will die that month.
    If you stay out late on May Day you will get a fairy stroke.
    If you give milk to anyone on May day yours cows will go against you.
    Every fort opens May morning and all the fairies come out.
    If you pick flowers on May Eve you will die during the month.

  16. (no title)

    At the 'City', three miles from this school a holy woman named Saint Gobnait lived long ago.

    Language
    English
    Informant
    Tadhg Ó Muimhneacháin
    Age
    60
    Occupation
    feirmeoir

    and is still to be seen. He travelled on all night and at daybreak he found he was in the same place from which he had stolen the bull. The holy well is still there and people come from parts of Cork and Kerry on May day to pay rounds and take home with them some of the water for themselves and the cattle.

  17. Piseoga

    Language
    English

    It is wrong to leave your house on Monday. Long ago a boy left his house to go to America on Monday. He was on board a ship for two days and he died. His parents did not like to have he go that day. They said it was becuase he left his home on Monday.

    It is wrong to give away milk on May day. If a person is giving away milk to another person he should put a pinch of salt into the milk They think that the good of the years milk would go with the milk that they would give away May Day. They think their milk decrease.
    It is wrong to kill anything on Monday.
    It is wrong to go to school on a Monday it would bring bad luck to the house.