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corners of the house and on the door in honour of St Martin that they will not suffer from any disease.
In the olden times in this country the people were very superstitious on May Day. It is said that when the people used to be going to a fair on a May Day with cattle that they used to tie a horse shoe nail on each beast. This was done to prevent the fairies from bringing away the cattle. There was a popular custom on a May morning long ago. It is said that the people used to get up before the sun would arise and they used to wash their faces in the dew. They used to continue this for nine mornings and it is said that the sun would not burn their skin throughout the summer. The people of some houses do not give anything away on May Day because they believe that the luck of the house goes with what they lend. If a coal is taken off the fire on a May Day it is said that a sod of turf should be put on in its place.
There is a very old custom still carried out on the twelfth night. There are twelve candles obtained and there are three put on
such as a fiddler or a flutist attended and supplied music for the dancers.Another custom which was carried out was the following: -
If any man lost his spade or shovel or any other article to another individual he could not go and receive it back on May day as the country people considered it unlucky to give anything that was in the house to anyone on May day.None of those quaint old customs are now carried on and May day is carried out the same as any other day. The day which was celebrated with music and dance now passes by unnoticed.
In this locality noone gives away any money on this day, because if they do, it is said that they will be giving away money for the following year. It is the custom also not to 'throw' out the ashes on May Day, as this keeps away bad luck. It is believed that no-one should lend or borrow on this day, or their will be lending or borrowing all the year. On May Day morning some people wash their faces in the dew, before the sun rises, to keep away bad luck for the coming year.
On Hallowe'en Night noone leaves home, as it is said that the fairies leave the forts to play games in the fields and at crossroads. They do not wish to be disturbed by mortals, and they are supposed to shower bad luck on anyone who does so. On this night also many games are played in this locality. A tub or bath of water is got, and money is thrown into it. The children one by one, duck their heads and endeavour to get a coin up in their teeth. If they succeed the coin is theirs. An apple is suspended from the roof with twine. Each one tries to bite it as it swings to and fro. This causes great fun.
Any articles made from iron they would have lent they would go for them before May day as they said it was unlucky to have the lent on this day.
On the evening before May day they pulled primroses and while they were pulling them they wouldn't speak to any one. Then they strewn them in the cows channels and on the door steps and on the window sills.
it is unlucky to give away anything on may day. If a person come into a house where one would be churning, and if they did not take a drass they would take away the butter. If a person went out with a lamp and it lit, they would also take away the butter. On St Bridget's day the people make cross themselves and hang them up over the picture of the sacred Heart in honour of St. Bridget. on May day the children gather flowers and shake them round the steps of the door an in the kitchen and rooms
Curious old ceremonies and customs were carried out by many of the local inhabitants on May day some time ago but for the past four years scarcely anyone carries on those quaint May day customs and now they are but a memory of the past.There is still one carried on by some of the people and that is the throwing of flowers on the door - threshold on May day to welcome the Summer in. Also milk carts and bread vans usually have a green sprig of foliage fixed on them but this custom is fastly dying out. In some houses the dwellers never lit a fire until the saw smoke coming form every chimney in the vicinity and it was usually mid-day before a fire was lit in that house. People considered it unlucky to light a fire first thing in the morning. That custom is no longer carried out now. Some - times a May pole was erected and the local children used to come and dance round it dressed in bright costumes. The pole was decorated and a musician
rain because if it did there is an old that it would rain for forty days without missing any day.
There is an old custom on May day and it is said that if you wash your your face in the dew that any disease will never touch you for that year.
On the night before May day the old people would put May flowers on the cow's "udders" to prevent the milk from getting stole.
On Palm Sunday everyone gets a piece of Blessed Palm in the church and wears it in honour of Our Lords entry into Jerusalem and the people throwing Palm in front of him.
it is unlucky.May Day
If no other blood you have to shed shed your own in honour of St Martin.
It is supposed when you are milking on May Day and if a person crosses your field that time, it is said you will never have a bit of butter that year again. It is also said that when you go out milking on May morning or evening you should give the first few streams of milk to the fairies and that you will have luck during the rest of the year when you will leave the first few streams of milk on the grass for the fairies,
May Day, St Patrick's Day, St Stephen's Day and November Day are still carried out with the same old customs in Ireland, as they were long ago.
On May Day no person gives away coals or they would have bad luck for the year. On St Patrick's Day every person wears shamrock. St Stephen's Day is honoured in a special way. On that day a number of boys gather together and go round from house to house and get money. In the eving evening they divide it, and give an equal share to each person. Each person spends the money in a different way.
It is unlucky to borrow anything on May Day because by doing so you would be bringing away his luck.It is also unlucky to put out the ashes on May Day and also on New Year's Day.The cure of the ring-worm should be done on Monday's and Tuesday's.
“Early before the sun gets up on May day if you go into another man's field and milk one drop from every cow there, you'll have all the butter for the year.”
- Mary Gaughan
Early before the sun gets up on May day if you go into another man's field and milk one drop from every cow there, you'll have all the butter for the year.
“The first person to take a can of water from a well on Michaelmas Day will haul the butter of the owner of the land in which the well is until May Day.”
- Mrs Matthews
The first person to take a can of water from a spring well on Michaelmas Day will have the butter of the owner of the land in which the well is until May Day.
that if they should bathe or go boating on that day then they would be drowned. It is also said that it is unlucky to go to Benbulben mountain which is in this district or to sleep on that day. There is an old saying in this district connected with Whit Sunday: "Keep away from the sea and the mountain on Whit Sunday.
It is a local custom to throw May flowers on the roof of the house on May Day to bring luck to the house for the rest of the year. It is unlucky to lend anything on May day as one's good luck is supposed to go with what one lends on that day.
People visit Our Lady's well at Lisadell, Co Sligo, on August 15th and perform stations there.
On St Martin's Day, 11th of November, people kill a fowl in honour of St. Martin. Mills do not work on St Martin's Day because it was in a mill St Martin was killed. It is also said to be unlucky for any
him she knew he was the man she dreamt about. During the day she got an introduction to him. They went to a dance that night and they were married about six months after.
Long ago on May Day some women of a village used to go round a field and pull a straw rope after them. They used to say "Come Butter, Come Butter" and the other women of the village used to be churning and there came no butter. They used to get an iron and put it in the fire. When it was very hot they used to put it under the churn and the butter used to come.
It was an old custom also not to put out the ashes because the people believed that they would throw out the luck. They used to leave it in a bucket under the bed until the following day. They used not give out milk to anyone because they believed that they would be giving milk the whole year.
A long time ago a man came into a house on May Day and the woman of the house was
If we give away fire, butter or milk on May day we are supposed to give away our luck.
If a stranger milks the cow on May day there will be no milk for the family before the year is at an end.
"Guard the cattle from the fairies on the first three days of May by fire and flowers.
Guard the house by a string of primroses across the door on the first three days of May. The fairies can pass neither over nor under the string."
Sweep the threshold clean on May eve and sprinkle ashes over it. Watch for the first footprint in the ashes. If it turns inward it means a marriage - if outward a death.
Lift up the first snail you see on May Morning. Sprinkle
St John's Day known in my district as Bonfire night. On that night all the young gather as much money as they can. They buy turf and gather sticks which they put at the cross-roads. The oldest man is to light the fire.May Day
When the fire is kindled the dance begins. The local players come and make music for the dancers. Seats are got for the old people. The old people enjoy it very much.
You should have your turf cut before Bonfire night.
On May Day Mayflowers are put on the top of the house and on the cow's byre. You must put them up before ten o'clock in the morning.
“Some people say that if you came into a house on May day...”
Some people say that if you came into a house on May day, when they were churning and if you did not help them with the churning, you would be taking away the butter.