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  1. May Day Customs

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Eileen Keane

    May day customs
    There are a great many customs connected with May Day. Some of the customs are religious and some of them are superstitious placed on May Day the children of Mary place flowers on her altar and the flowers are called may flowers. The people shake holy water on the cows on that day and it is said it increases their milk. The people do not let fire out of the house on May Day. If a man comes in to light his pipe he is made smoke it inside. If a person gets up early on May Day he should not kindle a fire unless he sees smoke out of the priest's house. On May morning the man of the house goes to the nearest stream separating his land from his neighbour's and he takes a jar of water home with him, and he also picks a branch off the whitethorn tree. The water is left in a safe place and the branch is hung on the rafters and it is left there until the following year. People do not give away milk on

  2. May Day Customs

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Eileen Keane

    May Day because they believe that the milk goes with it, or if it has to be given away salt is put in it. People believe if they make a class with a black hen's egg on May night that they will dream of them man whom they are to marry, but if they talk or laugh the class is broken. Some people leave a worm on a plate and if in the evening the worm has three lines made on the plate the people will have no bad luck for three years and they keep the plate. If a child brings in only one nóinin on May Day his parents will have only one beast on their land on the next May Day. The people do not throw out ashes on May Day because they believe they would have no fire for the rest of the year. If there is a back door in the house no water is thrown out that door on May morning especially the water with which the people wash their faces.

  3. Béaloideas - Special Days

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Teresa Heath
    Informant
    Mr Heath

    My Folklore this week is about certain days. Some people say that it is not lucky to do work on special days such as May Day. The people would not give milk on May Day to any person. The old people long ago on May Day put a cross on the rafters of the house. They also put whitethorn over the door.
    When May Day would come again they would therow out that whitethorn and bring in fresh thing. Half those things are not done at all now such as to bring in the whitethorn. The people thought Friday a very lucky day to do certain work such as to cut hay, to remove furniture.
    The people say that Monday is unlucky day to start any work. The old women long ago had certain days for spining. The old people used to start their spining on the evening. This is my Bealodeas about Special Days.

  4. May Day

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Tomás Ó Cinnéidí
    Informant
    John Kennedy
    Age
    55

    12
    May day
    The reason the people stick quick beam in the gardens to keep anyone from over looking it.No one should cross ditches on may day as they say it is not right .No one sows potatoes on May day because the say the wouldent grow nor the wouldent anything give away anything on the day.
    Nor they do not stir potatoes seeds .Every one keeps some of the Easter water for to shake on all the crops and cattle and many other things to keep any misfortune away from them .People do no work but making ditches.

  5. his pipe on May day the woman of the house would not allow him to do so as she would be afraid that he would take the years butt with the light.
    Some people do not clean the stables on May day or New Years day.

  6. Customs of the People in this Locality

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Maura Cleary
    Informant
    Mr Keane

    Long ago there was a lot of customs practiced in this locality. Some of these are:- When a person gets his or her cut that person would never burn his hair but he would stick it in a wall because it was that, that person have to come back for the hair when he dies. If a woman was churning and if a man came into where she was churning she would make him take a hand at that churning for fear he would take the butter. He would not be let to take a red sod out of the fire either for fear he would take the butter. When a person is selling things that person has always to get a luck penny for luck. On May Eve people stick "Quickbane" for fear that the fairies would take the land. Nobody redens the clay on May Day. Long ago people used to drive their cattle across "Bowriver" on May Day in doing this

  7. Pishogs

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Nellie Digedan
    Informant
    Mrs Patrick Digedan

    Pishogs
    May day is the day for the day of Pishogs. Some people who belive in Pishogs put meat and eggs in the potato gardens. So that the Pishogs would not take their crop. They also believe that butter can be taken away by Pishogs. It is said that a person would go and milk an neighbour's cow May day so that he would increase his own milk and butter. When

  8. Bealtaine Eve

    Language
    Mixed

    stolen by the fairies on May morning all good luck forsook their rightful owner for a year. To safeguard milk from witchcraft on Ma morning the people cut and (?) some twigs of mountain ash and twist them around the pails and churn, or tie a horseshoe to it.
    Ashes are often sprinkled on the threshold on May Eve. In the morning if they bear a footprint turned inwards it betokens a wedding in the family, if the footmark is turned outward it foretells death.
    Hares should not be killed on May Day as the witches often assume this guise at that time.
    All herbs gathered on May Eve are supposed to be endowed with healing power, especially the yarrow leaves which are sometimes sewn up in clothing as a protection against disease.
    The following are some beliefs among the people still. You give away luck when you give away fire, butter or milk on May Day.
    If a stranger milks the cow on a May Day

  9. Butter-Making

    Language
    English

    Following are some customs relating to buttermaking.
    A man should not go from where a churn was being made with a lighted pipe for fear of bringing the butter. If a dead man's finger was put stirring cream there would be a great return of butter. If a black cat was buried or a four pronged form left in another person's land that person would have no return of butter. If a stranger came into the house while the churning was going on he would make a [?]dreas of it for if he did not the supply of butter would be lessened. Sometimes when the cream is put into the churn a drop of Holy water is shaken on it to bring luck on it. It was also believed that you would not have any produce from your cattle for the year if you gave away butter or milk on May Day. It was a custom to have Mass said in houses on May Day to bring luck on the stock and whenever there was thunder the people put a horseshoe nail into the cream to keep it cool and to

  10. Béaloideas - The Churn

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Mary Kelly
    Informant
    James Mungovan
    Age
    68

    065
    long board like the handle of a forkdown through the hole.We call that board the churn staff.There are also a lot of other things also taken with the churn.If the cream was thin it took an hour to make it, if not it took less.People put the churn near the fire in the Winter to make it hot.if a stranger comes in whilst the churn is being made they have to make a "drass"that is to hit a few blows, If they did not do that ,the people would think they would bring the butter with them.People do lots of queer things with churn on May Day.Some women brought out their churns and lighted a candle inside in them.others put herbs into them on May Day.

  11. May Day etc.

    Language
    English

    56 May Day etc.
    The fairies have more power over people on May day than at any other time of the year.
    On May eve fires were lit and children and cattle were passed through them for purification.
    Those who were abroad on may eve heard

  12. Certain Days

    Language
    English

    No. 2 May day
    It is much like to that of New years day but it deals but it deals more with milk butter, cream, and cows If a woman was seen out on May eve the people would say she was out for the purpose of stealing the crops She would not take them, but she would go into the garden and if she only took a blade of grass she would destroy the crops If people were selling milk they would not give it out on May day they would give it out the night before
    Woman go out and milk cows that night and cause the cows they milk to have no cream in their milk and very little milk If a farmer

  13. Articles the People Have Value on

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Nellie Duggan
    Informant
    Mrs P. Duggan

    249
    Articles the people have value on.
    The people have value on certain things and they are preserved to the present day.On St.Bridget's Night they make a wooden cross and they nail it to the rafter in honour of St Bridget.There is not a house but there is a big line of crosses as they make one every year.They visit St,Bridgets Well on that day and they take home a bottle of the water and keep it.They bring in a branch of a tree on May Day and hang it over the door and they leave it there until May Day again.

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    May day.
    May day is on the first of May.On this day the May hawthorn brush is brought in and hung up on the rafters. This is called "bringing in the May bush".This brown is left inside for a full year .It is unlucky to take on a furze .if this is taken in the people of the house will be fighting all the year.
    people do not like others coming to their wells on may Eve.Lots of people would not give out any milk om May Morning because it might lessen their supply of butter.

  15. May Day etc.

    Language
    English

    325
    56 May Day etc.
    The fairies have more power over people on May day than at any other time of the year.
    On May eve fires were lit and children and cattle were passed through them for purification.
    Those who were abroad on May eve heard strange and unearthly music in the forts.
    Cinders were put under the churn on may day and flowers on the horns of cattle to keep away ill luck or fairy interference.
    if a young girl met a white snail first on May morning it meant good fortune ,and a good husband, but a black snail seen first was a harbinger of death.it was a good sign to see a white lamb on one's left side ,but, a bad one to hear the little false cuckoo.
    Lambs are marked on Columba's day.

  16. Feast Days of the Year

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Peg Mc Donnell
    Informant
    (name not given)
    Age
    68

    295
    a picnic.
    Whit Sunday-Everybody goes to Mass on this day.
    Whit Monday-This day is a Bank Holiday.But every kind of work is done .Mass is said on this day as well.And the people go driving.
    Corpus Christi-All children over seven years receive the Blessed Eucharist for the first time on that day.
    May Day-May Day occurs on May 1st.The night before May Day the man of the house goes out to every field and garden and every beast and shakes Holy Water on them
    St.John's Day -It was on June 24th St.John was born.And in memory of him every house in the Parish lights a big bonfire and if there are any children in the house they go jumping and playing around.
    St Peter and Paul's Day-This feast occurs on June 29 th. Everyone goes to Mass on this day.The custom of this feast was to visit St John's Well .
    August 15th -The feast of the Assumption.

  17. Special Days of the Year

    Language
    Mixed
    Collector
    Úna Ní Chearáin
    Informant
    Mrs O Toole
    Age
    85

    into a tub of water and the players hands are tied behind their backs. They try to catch the apple with their teeth. Who ever catches it can eat it.

    Friday is a lucky day to start a job. Monday is supposed to be an unlucky day. The lucky days for getting married are Tuesday and Saturdays.

    MAY DAY
    They would not let a drop of milk or a bit of butter out of the house on that day. When the butter would be made on May day a lump of it would be salted and put into a crock. Every time they would be making butter afterwards they would put a piece of it into it or into the milk when they would be setting it. The cow house and dairy are locked on that night for fear the butter would be brought. An herb called Tréan-lus which grows on the bank of the river would be plucked and rubbed to the cows udders.

  18. The Care of Our Farm Animals

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Teresa Corbett
    Informant
    Mr Corbett

    house has to be kept clean so as to keep the milk clean. The cow house is very big and is divided into stalls and each cow has a stall for itself. When a cow gets its name when young it will always come when called by that name when it grows older. It is a custom never to milk cows on May Day because it is said to be very unlucky. When the cows are in the cowhouse they are tied to stakes.

  19. May Customs

    Language
    English

    The month of May is regarded here as a very unlucky month.
    May Day is the day that the wicked fairies did harm to a person they disliked.
    Cows no matter how fine the weather are never left out at night till after May Day.
    People plant Quick beam (game) on the head lands of the crops to avoid this harm.
    Now they put the Easter Water which they keep portion of all the year round on the crops.
    People will not give new milk that day nor a coal of fire.
    I heard a story about a tailor who was working in the kitchen of a farmer's house on a May Day.
    A women came in and said the fire went out on her and could she get a coal of fire as seed.
    She took it and went out. The tailor jumped from the table and took another coal and put it into the bucket of spring water behind the kitchen door.
    The woman soon returned saying the coal quenched.
    She got another coal and left. The tailor again came down with a coal and threw it into the bucket of water.
    She returned for the third time saying the coal quenched and the tailor put another coal into the water.
    She did not return again because she knew she was defeated in her object which was to take the woman's butter.
    The farmer's wife said, why did you put in the coals? Go said he, to the bucket and there she found 3 large lumps of butter.