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  1. Festival Customs

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Pauline Kearns
    Age
    13

    he said, "As there are three leaves on one stem there are also Three Persons in One God". St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland.

    May Day.
    May day is the first day of Summer and there are several superstitious beliefs about this day for instance people say that you should not go into a new house or churn butter on that day or give any milk away for they say the fairies have power over anything you give away and you are also giving away the luck. It is considered lucky to wash your face in the dew on May day because they say you will have your health all the year round if you do.
    On May day people make altars in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary because May is the month of Our Lady. In our church we have May devotions in her honour.

  2. Festival Customs

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Nora Walsh
    Age
    12
    Informant
    Joe Walsh

    always have roast beef. Then they have some kind of a pudding and jelly for desert after their dinner. Everyone likes Easter Sunday.

    May Day.
    May Day is the first of the Summer. The people observe many customs about that day. Some people never change to a new job on May day as they think it very unlucky. Other people never go to a new house on that day, as they think that the fairies have possession of the house, and they think that they would never have a day's luck in it. Then some people never churn on that day as they think that the fairies would run away with the butter.
    If a poor person or a neighbour, went to a house for a drink of milk, some people would not give it to them, as they consider it very unlucky to give away anything on May Day. They

  3. May Day

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Esther Sheridan
    Age
    13
    Informant
    Michael Sheridan
    Age
    51
    Occupation
    farmer

    There are certain days which are supposed to be unlucky such as May Day. There is a lot of superstitions about that day. It is considered unlucky to put down the first fire early on that morning. When the good people saw the smoke it would hunt them from their play. It is said that if you got up early on a May Morning before the dew is gone off the grass and to wash your face in it you would have no boils on your face throughout that year.
    People say that you should never sweep out the floor on May Day or give away any butter or lend anything that day. If you had anything lent before May Day you should get it back before that day. People never put out ashes on May Morning because they are throwing away their luck for all the year. Saturday is also an

  4. May Day Customs

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Mary Keenan
    Age
    14

    Day they would keep a piece of the butter and put no salt in it, and it is called May Day butter. And it is left up in a vessel for some time, if you had a sore and had no ointment it is put on it to heal the sore and people say it is better than any ointment you could get from any chemist.
    The evening before May Day the children get a black-thorn bush and stick it down in the ground, pick bunches of primroses, daisies, buttercups and bluebells, tie the flowers around every branch of the blackthorn bush, inremembrance of May Day. The children pick bunches and bunches of primroses, make a path of the flowers leading to the bush and door. They also make a May altar in every house and put

  5. May Day

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Mary Conlon
    Informant
    Conlon

    May Day is the beginning of the month of May, which is a month specially devoted to Our Blessed Lady. It is also the beginning of Summer. There are many customs and pishreógs and superstitions connected with May Day.
    On May morning flaggers and flowers are put outside the doors, and the old people say that the fairies run away when they see the flowers. The old people say that you should not give milk, or butter, or a red coat to anyone on that day because they say it is very unlucky. Some people

  6. May Day

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Mary Conlon
    Informant
    Conlon

    a May bush with flaggers and flowers and they leave it out in the garden and on May Day the children dance and sing around it.

  7. Festival Customs

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Mary J. Mc Guire
    Age
    14
    Informant
    Mrs Boyce

    day for getting married before Lent. Long ago it was customary to have pancakes for supper on that night and so it was called pancake night. Easter Sunday people eat as many eggs as they are able and poor children whose parent's keep no hens go out to gather eggs on Holy Saturday. There are many customs connected with May Day. People always churned before sunrise and put some of the dew of the grass on the churn, it will increase your butter It is unlucky to give away milk on May Day and if you put out the ashes you will be throwing out your luck. It was a custom for witches to go out and milk the peoples' cows before sunrise. Then you would have no butter the coming year. Long ago people used to

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    If you break a vessel on May Day...

    Language
    English

    If you break a vessel on May Day keep it in the house for three days because if you don't the fairies will break two other things on you.

  9. May Day

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Mary Conlon
    Informant
    Conlon

    don't churn on that day because they say that the fairies steal the butter. The old people say if you wash your face in the dew of the grass it would protect you from getting sunburned and you would not get a cold throughout the year. The old people also say that if you borrow and lend things on May Day you would be borrowing and lending the whole year round. In olden times the people would not dream of sweeping the floor on May Day because they said they sweep away their good luck.
    On May Eve the people in the country decorate

  10. May Customs

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    English

    May Customs

    On May Day the people of this locality do not lend or borrow anything from their neighbour because it is said they were giving away their luck.
    People do not usually clean out byres on May Day. They do not like to churn on that day either. Long ago certain people made a hay rope on May morning at sun-rise and went around their neighbours fields pulling the rope after, and any field they passed through the people who owned the field said if they churned, no butter would come on the churn. For it is said that the rope brought all the butter with it. This custom of taking the butter from the neighbours cows was the cause of many bitter quarrels and of much ill-feeling among.

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    Butter milk is used for making bread...

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    English

    Butter milk is used for making bread and feeding young calves and pigs and it is used as a very good drink for the folks especially during the summer months. Old folks say it is good for kidneys and stomach troubles.

    Long ago the old people used always churn on a May day but they would not give a drop of milk to anyone on that day, because they believed that if they gave away the buttermilk they would not have a plentiness throughout the year.
    In the townland of Kilsalla there lived an old woman named Mrs Mc Guire and on every May day this would go to the neighbours house and ask them for as much milk as would wet a cake. Her reason for doing so was to have all her neighbours butter during the year.

  12. Easter Sunday

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Angela O' Donohoe

    The children have a competition on that day seeing who will eat the most eggs. We eat a lot of chocolate eggs too.
    It is said that the sun dances with joy on Easter Sunday morning at about five o'clock.

    May Day.
    May day is the first day of Summer. Everyone likes to be alive on that day especially the old people.
    We have no customs on that day to wash our faces in the dew. We also change cattle and sheep from one field to another. We usually

  13. The Lore of Certain Days

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Pauline Gerety
    Informant
    James Coughlan
    Age
    82
    Informant
    Mrs Casey
    Age
    40
    Informant
    Mrs Gerety
    Age
    34

    Monday is an unlucky day to kill anything because if you kill anything on Monday you will be killing all week.
    Some people think holy week is a good time for sowing crops as they say they do better than anyother time.
    When a cow calves some people bring out a blessed candle and singes the cow's udder with it.
    The luckiest day to hatch a goose is the seventeenth of March or the twenty-fifth & a turkey Holy Saturday or Easter Monday. May -day is a lucky day to churn milk. People believe when they churn on May-day they never will be without milk for the rest of the year. The first Monday of the year is called hancel Monday. Some people say it is unlucky to give milk or a charity of any kind on that day. If you give things free on that day you

  14. Lore of Certain Days

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Mary Dowd
    Informant
    (name not given)
    Age
    45

    new house they always go on a Friday. On May day the people never used to throw out any water or ashes or rubbish. Some people count St. Patrick's Day lucky for doing certain things. The people always set their crops on Good Friday. When people are starting to plough they always start on a Monday. It is said it is a lucky day. When people are starting to build a house they also start on a Monday.

  15. May Day

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    English

    The day before may day all the children of the town go geathering whin bushes and primroses. On May Morning the very first thing every child hangs out her whin bush and throws handfulls of flowers out side the front door and they are left their all day and at night the whin are burned.

  16. Scéal

    Language
    English
    Collector
    John Mac Cormac
    Age
    13
    Informant
    Mrs Mac Cormack
    Age
    circa 44

    An old woman came to a house on May Day. She asked for 'new' milk and when she got that, she asked for spring water. The next time the people of the house churned they

  17. Pisreoga

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    English
    Informant
    Mrs Hanly

    4. "If you see a rush with a green top on it, it is said you'll get gold under it."
    5. If a horse foals Whit week you should cut a green sod and put it on the foal's head or he will kill someone.
    6. It's very lucky to get the first bucket of water out of a well, on May Day and long ago the people would stay up all night to be at the well first, on May morning.
    7. Put an ash (!) branch on churn dash on May Day and your butter will not be taken.
    8. If you cut a bush in a fort you will have bad luck, because the fairies will be down on you.
    9. It's not right to be the first to

  18. May Day Customs

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Mary Keenan
    Age
    14

    There are a great many customs connected with May Day in this country. If you wanted milk or butter on May morning from some people they would not give it, they would say it is not lucky to give anything away on that day. There is another local custom, if a person saw a red haired woman on the road they would turn back again, they would also say it would bring bad luck. If anyone churned on May

  19. Lore of Certain Days

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Kathleen Dawson
    Age
    16
    Informant
    Mr Patrick Dawson
    Age
    49

    46
    Lore of certain Days
    21st February, 1938.

    In this locality there are certain days that are classed as lucky and unlucky for doing or giving away anything.
    People do not like to make a beginning on any work on Saturday for instance ploughing, drawing home hay, building a house or changing from one house to another.
    "May - day" is classed unlucky for a woman to enter your house first on that morning especially if she is red - haired. It is also unlucky to give away anything on "May - eve" or "May - day" such as milk, turf, iron, or any kind of tools. It is believed that the person who lends or gives away any of these things will have no luck throughout the year.
    It is also supposed to be very unlucky to get the first gallon