“Long ago before modern furniture was made sugan chairs were in use...”
“Long ago before modern furniture was made sugan chairs were in use...”
shells were saved from Easter Sunday until May day to decorate the bush.
Mr Maurice Dowling of Errill who is seventy five years of age told me that on May day long ago the people used to shake Holy Water on their cattle, on the four corners of the house, and on the crops. On May day everyone had a May bush stuck in the yard. On May eve, people travelling would see the May bush in every yard. May long ago was a great month of special devotion to the Blessed Virgin, and he said that people used to walk four and five miles every evening after a hard day's toil to the Church and if anyone did not go they
up landlady and give us a treat. Up with the kettle and down with the pan give us the money to bury the wren. We hushed her up and we hushed her own we hushed her into Abbeyleix town. We diped her wing in a barrel of beer. We wish ye all a happy New Year.
Another custom we all look to is "May day". On May day people never like to give away anything such as mill or salt because if they do they are giving away their luck.
Writen by: Patrick Lalor, Ring.
Told by: Mrs M Lalor Ring
would say the rosary in the home. In May a May bush was erected in the centre of a beautiful May altar in every home. He also said that the old people were filled with superstition, no woman would give away milk on May Day.
When the potatoes were all dug and in the pits we would have what was called "A grating night". A Michael-mas goose, would be killed and selected potatoes would be grated in the raw state then squeezed and baked on a griddle. Starch would also be made from potatoes on May Day.
Long ago little way side shops were very common,these were sometimes called Sheebeens and sold only beer or whiskey paying no licence others sold household articles, For people with good means the town would be the mark taking large firkins or dishes of butter to be sold in the market place or in the shops for which they would bring their house hold supply of goods. Women would sometimes carry these large vessels on their heads. May day was considered unlucky to give or sell any products in the milk or butter line, t'would be parting with the luck. Pedlars were
“My grandfather told me that when he was small, they used to go only twice a year with the butter to the market about Christmas and May.”
My grandfather told me that when he was small, they used to go only twice a year with the butter to the market about Christmas and in May.
One may day he knew a person who was going with butter and when they were near Carlow they saw an old woman down on her knees skimming the water of a well. He had often heard people tell stories how they were able to take the butter by skimming a well and for the fun of it he shouted: "I cry half." The next day when they went to churn the whole churn filled up with butter.
Monday for wealth, Tuesday for health,(Re Marriage) Wednesday the best day of all.
I; Thursday for losses. Friday for crosses.
Saturday no day at all.
II; Never put seed into the ground before St Patrick's Day.
III; Candlemas, Candleless.
IV; It is unlucky to put out ashes on a Monday.
V; Friday the lucky day to go into a new home or residence.
VI; The spring work always commenced on Friday.
VII; On May Day sprigs of the white thorn are brought and sprinkled with "Easter"water which is got in Mountrath and a sprig or twig is stuck down in each field to present the "Fairies" from taking the crops.
VIII;Never give away money on May Day. If you do so you will be giving out money the whole year.
IX; If you cry on a New Yrs day you will have reason to cry everyday of the year.
“One May day a man was working in his field and he...”
One May day a man was working in his field and he saw a woman walking through it. He followed her and he found that she was carrying a rope with her. She let one end of the rope fall and the man walked on it. Then the woman ran away and the man picked up the rope and took it home with him and put it into an old barrel where he kept other old things.When the man went to the barrel next day he found it was full of butter.The man went next night to the old woman's house and took some milk from her cow. The cow then withered up and died. The man went and told the priest what he had done. The priest was very angry with him and told him that he should not have done without the priest permission.
Hallow Eve comes the 31st of October. It is usual to play a lot of games on this night.Apples are dived for,nuts are burned.An apple is tied to the ceiling and someone tries to catch it while revolving. A game is played with three saucers, one contains water,another contains a ring and another clay.Then a person is blind folded and led to the table.If he puts his finger into the water he will cross the water soon. If he puts his finger into the ring he will be married soon and if he puts his finger into the clay he will die soon.A May bush is put up on May day. It is decorated with flowers and bright ribbons.On Shrove Tuesday a lot of pan cakes are made.One neighbour invites another to his house on this night to eat the pan cakes, On Stephen's Day boys and even men hunt the wren. They go from houses to houses and sing songs. Some of them
There are many emblems and objects of value for certain things. Here are some of them; on Saint Patrick's Day people wear shamrock as an emblem and badges also.
Another of them is; at Christmas holly is put up in the houses.On palm Sunday you get palm and hang it up in the house. On Easter Sunday people wear Easter lilies. A may bush is put up somewhere on may day.A holy picture or a piece of palm is always hanging in a cowshed to bring good luck.
On May morning every girl got up before sunrise and washed her face in the dew. If she allowed the sun to dry her face she believed she would be fair and beautiful. The master of the house cut a May-bush and walked three times round a well and by so doing thought he could take his neighbour's butter for the year. It was supposed to be unlucky to take milk from a farmer's house. Even now, there are superstitious women who will not even sell milk on May day. They also say that it is unlucky to bring a May bush inside the door.
Shops were common in olden times. People had to go to the nearest village to make purchases such as tobacco and snuff. Tea wasn't used in those days only by the rich people. There was no sugar only brown sugar which was sixpence per pound. On Holy days buying and selling were carried on and this is still practised. People used to grow their own flax and make their own linens. They use to send wool to the jenny mills to make blankets and frieze. Other people used to card it and spin it at home and make stockings out of it. Labour was often given in exchange for goods. It was considered unlucky to transact business on May day and on New Year's day. There used to be butter
i. Many stories abound about the taking of milk and butter. About forty years ago there was a woman living in Cuddagh, Castletown, Mountrath, who had only one cow. She was able to get a "cool" of butter every week or fortnight, while her neighbours (McMahons and O' Briens) would not have as much from ten or twelve cows. Mrs. O' Brien went out early one May morning and saw this woman washing her butter dish in the stream. "As long as you ran, I caught you at last." This stopped her taking the butter for a while, and when she began again Fr. Walton, P.P. Castletown was acquainted, and stopped her again.
ii. Certain families still put a bush of the quicken tree in their crops on the eve of May Day to prevent "piseógry". Mr. Dooley (who told me these stories) when he first got his present
Our farm animals consist of two cows,two calves, two donkeys and two pigs, We have one domestic animal, the cat. The cows are called the "Red Cow" and the "Big cow. The calves names are "Maeve" and the other is "Berry".When driving in the cows they are called by the words
"Bale up". The cow house is a long house built of stone with a thatched roof, one door and two bales.The bales are made of wood,two stakes being used for the purpose.The cows go up and put their heads between them and they are tied by means of clasping an iron bar on top of the stakes. The day previous to "May day" a branch made of
a lot of eggs are eaten for the breakfast.
On May Day long a go the farmers sprinkle Holy Water on their crops and cattle and a May Alter is erected in every home.
On S.S.Peter and Paul's Day bonfires are lit at every cross roads.
On St Martin' Day a fowl is killed and the blood is sprinkled in each corner of the house. This is done in rememberance of St Martin been killed in a mill.
Small shops were common in olden times. Things such as tea, sugar etc, were got in the shops but people had generally to go to the nearest town to get big purchases. Buying and selling used to be carried on after mass on Sundays and Holy days and this is still practised in some places. Money wasn't always given for goods but they used to be bartered.
When goods used to be bartered some little goods used to be given over and above by the customer and that was called "boot". It is considered unlucky to transact business on May Day. The markets used to be carried on in Squares in the towns.
Huxters used to come to houses buying feathers, rags and bottles and they come still.
8; On May Day (1st May) sprigs of white thorn which have been sprinkled with blessed water procured on Holy Saturday are stuck down in the tillage fields to prevent the "Fairies" from taking the crops or to produce a good crop.9; When our Lord shall fall into our Lady's lap, England shall meet with some mishap (When Good Friday Lady Day (25th March) fall on the same day)
the churn in the Winter this is to help to gather the butter.
There is a glass in the lid of every churn and when this comes clear the churning is finished. The butter is taken out and placed in a wooden vessel and washed several times until all the milk is completely washed out with clear spring water.
Almost in every district there is some superstition about churning. If a person came in while the churning is going on and if he went out without churning it is believed that he takes the butter with him or if a man went out smoking it is a bad sign. Some people say that if you gave away butter on May day you would have no butter for the year after. In some houses as a rule each member of the family takes a turn this is supposed to bring good luck.
A story is told that some years ago there was a woman named Mrs Feehely Tullow Templetusty. This woman only had one cow but still she used to sell twenty lbs butter every week to a