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  1. May Day Customs

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    There are lots of pishoques about May day. In the morning before the sun rises, green branches are brought in to the house to show the beginning of the Summer. To put out a white handerchief before day and bring it in afterwards and if anybody is sick to rub it to them it will cure them. If a cow will calf on May Day, then say the cow and calf will die. On May day some people light a blessed candle under the cows to bless them. If you spill a drop of milk on May day they say you will be spilling it for the year. They say you should not give away any milk on May day you would not have luck, but if you make it on May Eve you will have luck on your butter. To put a churn outside the door on May day and turn it to the nieghbors door you will take away their butter. It is also a practice not to put outside the door any red ashes or a man to put out his pip lighting. No body ever get married on May.

  2. It is a custom on May day to bring in a green branch in the morning before sunrise

    There is a holy well near Castletown and people go there paying rounds on May Eve and also on May day morning. About 30 years ago crowds of people used go there but now the custom is dying out.
    The old people would not like to give milk away on May day. They do not make a churn. If there is a churn to be made it is the custom to make it on May Eve or they do not sell butter on May Day.
    They used not like to have a cow calf on May Day. Once upon a time a cow calfed on May Day, the old people did not like it at all they were always talking about it. On the following May day the calf died.
    Siobhan Ní Murachacha

    Fuaireas an sgeul ó mo mathair Maighread Bean Ní Murchadha, Cathair Cuim, Beara.

  3. May Day

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    Collector
    Con Callahan

    It was a custom on May Day that if you washed your face on the dew you would be grand for the year. If you met a brown snail you would be married to a foxy woman. There was a man there long ago and a neighbour called to him for milk on May Day. He was eating his breakfast and he told him to go out and milk a cow and he never thought that it was May Day morning for it was said that if a neighbour milked a cow first he would have the produce of the year.

  4. May Day

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    Collector
    Dan Herlihy

    The people in older times would not leave out their cows on May Day night for fear the produce of the year would be taken from them and they could not make any butter. It is said that if you saw a red haired woman on May Day morning that you would not have any luck for the year. It is said that the old would not give away the milk on May Day.

  5. Piseogs Connected with May Day

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    Collector
    Denis Flynn

    Long ago people's butter used to be "taken" from them, that means some bad minded neighbor used to put bad eggs or something in the dairy. Some people used to go to the priest to pray for them so that they might get their butter back. This is a piseog connected with May Day, "that if you make butter on May Day and if you keep some of the butter in the house for the year, nobody could steal your butter from you. Many people here made it their business to make butter on May Day and they carefully preserved it for the year. Then nobody would have the power to "carry" the butter.

  6. Lore of Certain Days

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    Collector
    Shiela Fehily

    giving it away for the rest of the week. On May day it is unlucky for a cow to calf. It is also unlucky to give away milk on May day. It is said if a person washed his hair on Good Friday he would not get a pain in his head for the rest of the year.

  7. May Day

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    If you met a black snail on May morning you would be married to black woman. If you met a red snail on May morning you would be married to a foxy woman. It is unlucky to meet a foxy woman on May Morning. People go to "Cahir" on May Day to perform rounds and to bring home water. If you milked your cow on May Day you would have the produce of his milk for the year.

  8. May Day

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    Collector
    Con Kelleher

    If you met a black snail on May morning you would be married to a black woman. If you met a red snail on May morning you would be married to a foxy woman. It is unlucky to meet a foxy woman on May morning. People go to "Cahir" on May Day to perform rounds and to bring home water. If you milked your cow on May Day you would have the produce of his milk for the year.

  9. Festival Customs

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    Collector
    Sadie Chambers

    eat as many eggs as they can and sometimes we hear men boast of the number of eggs they ate on the different Easter Sunday mornings. Many people get up at day break to see the sun rise as its supposed to dance as it rises on Easter Sunday mornings. Children get Chocolate eggs at Easter.
    Old people say, "May Day is a delightful day, bright colours to play the way." People put May Tree as they call sycamore on the doors and windows on May Day and sometimes people decorate their horses and donkeys with May Tree on May Day. It is said whoever washes in the dew of May Morning will grow up beautiful. Whoever goes to the well first on May morning is supposed to be lucky for the year.
    People used to be very careful of their cows on May morning as it was said that if anyone milked the cow that they would have all their butter for the year. I once

  10. Festival Customs

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    If you fill it of the small, it won't agree with the boys at all.

    People usually get married in Shrove. Shrove Tuesday is the last day of Shrove and people have pan - cakes for their supper on that night. It is a custom to put eggs hatching on Good Friday, but unlucky to hatch them on any other Friday. People never redden earth on Good Friday, but they plant seeds, for it is believed that seeds planted on that day would grow well.
    People get up at day - break on Easter Sunday to see the sun dancing as it rises.
    There are many customs connected with May - Day. It is believed that the person who is first at the well on May Day will be lucky for the year. It is a custom for some person from every house to go out early on May - day morning and bring in branches of different trees. These pieces are placed on the window or hung on the door and left there for the day.
    The animals and out - houses are sprinkled with holy water. If boiled nettles are eaten on May - day, head - aches will not be suffered during the year.

  11. Customs of May Day

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    Collector
    Seosaimh Ó Mhurchadha
    Informant
    (name not given)

    There are many pishogues about May Day. In the morning before the sun rises green branches are brought into the hose to show the beginning of Summer.
    Put out a white handkerchief before day and bring it in afterwards and if anybody is sick, rub it to them and it will cure them.
    If a cow should calf on a May Day they say that the cow and the calf would die.
    It was also a practice not to put outside the door any red fire or ashes.
    They say every one should make a churn on May Eve and not on May Day.

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    Some years ago people would not sell milk on May-day for fear they would be in want during the year.

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    Some years ago people would not sell milk on May-day for fear they would be in want during the year.

  13. May Day

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    Collector
    Paddy Scriven

    It is a custom on the night before May Day to sprinkle holy water on the gardens and on all the crops and on all the cattle People are careful not to let anyone milk their cows on that day fearing that they would have the produce of their butter during the year. Others like to wash their face in the dew on May morning for it is said that you would never get old if you did. If you met a foxy woman on May morning you would have no luck for the year. It is a custom to lock the stall doors May night for fear any one would pass the way and milk one of them and by that means he would have your butter for the year. It is a custom to go to "The Caisin" May Day for holy water. If you met a black snail on May morning you would be married to a black haired woman. If you met a brown snail on May morning you would be

  14. May Day

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    Collector
    Paddy Murphy

    have the produce of that cow for the year. It was also an old custom that if you milked a neighbour's cow on May morning that you would have the butter of that cow for the year. And it was also a custom if you went out on May morning and looked for snails and if the first one you found would be a black one you would be married to a black girl. And if you found a light coloured one you would be married to a light-haired girl. If you met a foxy woman on may Day you would be lucky for the year. And if you met a black haired girl on May Day you would be mislucky for the year.

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    May-day was a great day for piseogs.

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    May-day was a great day for Piseoga. Charms used to be set that day. There was some Piseog and to set it, the old "wise woman" had to get a live coal from the house of the person she wanted to injure. There were people and they would never put down a fire on May day until late in the day.

    Another great day for Piseoga was St John's Day. On that day they would take fire from the house into all the tilled fields.

  16. May Day Customs

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    Long ago people got up early on May morning and washed themselves in the dew.

    People bring in a branch of sycamore tree early on May morning and put it on the dresser and whoever would be at the well first would take the branch and put it into the well.
    Other customs were to be up early on May morning and milk the cows out in the fields.
    The people used to put a piece of sycamore tree on the horses winkers on May Day.
    The people nettle each other on May Day.
    It is very unlucky to give away milk on May Day.

  17. A May Day Custom

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    Collector
    Thomas Fitzgerald
    Informant
    Mr Thomas Walsh

    A May Day Custom
    There is a common practice by the people of this neighbourhood on May Day Morning. They go out to bring in the Summer - as they call it - before sun-rise on that morning. If the sun rises before they have it brought in, they believe they will not get their proper share of the summer that year.

    The Summer they bring in consists of branches of sycamore or hazel or ash with the green leaves open and in bloom. When the month of April comes fine and soft, plenty branches in leaf may be got.

  18. Customs of May Day

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    Many superstitious beliefs still exist among the Irish people with regard to May day. All these are old pagan customs some of which have died out. People believe that the produce of their milk is taken away by Pishedogues. If they see a neighbour in the yard on May day morning they saw they are working Pisheouges and taking away their milk.

    Some people put the tank of milk into a house on May eve lest anyone should do anything to their milk. When taking it to the creamery they put a pinch of salt as they think the salt has the power of stopping the

  19. Customs of May Day

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    evil of the Pisheogues.

    On May eve people throw holy water on the cow houses and make the sign of the cross over them. They believe that its by the power of the evil one the Pisheogues are worked. They also think that people come and milk their cows during the night.
    People think it is not right for children to pick flowers on May day for the good people would do some harm to them. They also believe that it is wrong to sleep out or near the river on May eve because the good people would have power on them. Some people pick herbs on May day as they believe they have healing powers.

  20. Festival Customs

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    Collector
    Mark Stokes
    Informant
    William Stokes
    Age
    57

    of February. On that day the candles are blessed that are used in the Churches throughout the year. The mistress of almost every house in the parish sends two or three pounds of wax candles as a present to the priest for the altar The old women long ago used to say that when Candlemas Day would come around that you could throw your candles and candlesticks away meaning that the days were long enough and that there were no more candles required.
    May Day falls on the 1st of May. There are many old sayings about May Day. The old people used to say that if you plucked flowers on that day the fairies would carry you away. It is an old custom that no red sod should be turned on that day.