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    Its not lucky to lend salt on Whit Sunday on Whit Monday.

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    English

    It is not lucky to lend salt on Whit Sunday or Whit Monday

  2. Special Days

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    Collector
    Michael Muldoon
    Informant
    Peter Tolan

    killed an old Reabóg or brindled cow. It is unlucky to go bathing on a Whit Sunday for there is drowning in the water and whoever goes bathing on Whit Sunday he will be drowned. It is unlucky for a person to be born on a Whit Sunday for it is said that he will be the cause of some other person's death before he dies himself. If is said that if a foal was born on Whit Sunday that you would have to sew a two shilling piece with a cross on it into his forehead or he would kill someone.

  3. Days it is not Right to Work

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    English
    Collector
    Mary Kate Kelly
    Informant
    Patrick Kelly
    Age
    56

    Nobody ever does hard work or does any work with horses on Easter Monday, May Day, or Whit Monday. If you asked any thing from a person May Day they would not give it to you because they say you would take the luck from them. They do not do any work at all on Whit Monday because there does be lots of accidents that day. One time there was a man living in Killeeneen who went working on Whit Monday with horses and they say he never lived to see the next Whit Monday and he had no luck after that.

  4. Lore of Certain Days

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    English
    Collector
    Rose Gilleran
    Informant
    James Dennigan
    Age
    62

    Whit week was unlucky because there were many accidents and people killed in that week. No person would begin to plough on Saturday. They said it was an unlucky day. They said it was lucky to begin on Monday to build houses. The people always plant their early crops on Good Friday. They say it is a very lucky day. They used to say that Whit Sunday, Whit Monday and Whit Tuesday were the "Cross Days".

  5. Whit Sunday

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    The old people used to say that no one should go near water on Whit Sunday as it is a Contrary day. The same applies to Whit Saturday and Whit Monday. If a person fell asleep and awoke with

  6. Whit Sunday and Whit Monday

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    English
    Collector
    Pat Joe Manning
    Informant
    Mrs Manning
    Age
    40

    I got this account from my mother, Mrs Manning, Lurgan, Aughrim, Ballinasloe. Aged 40 years.


    It is a very unlucky thing to go swiming on Whit Sunday. Any one born on Whit Sunday or Whit Monday has a better chance of striking anything they aim at than any other person. All games such as hurling or football should not be played on Whit Sunday in case of accidence.

  7. Whit Sunday

    A foal born on Whit Sunday is considered unlucky, and it is believed he will cause somebody's death. Children born on Whit Sunday are believed to be awkward. People do not bathe on Whit Sunday.

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    Whit Sunday is an unlucky day to be born. It is said any person born on Whit Sunday would commit murder.

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    English
    Informant
    John Meehan
    Age
    68

    Whit Sunday is an unlucky day to be born. It is said any person born on Whit Sunday would commit Murder. It is also said if any person would sleep out on a Whit Sunday he would get silly. If you bathe on Whit Sunday and take pains you will never get better. The last day of March and the two first days of April are called the borrowing days. There was an old cow and on the last day of March she kicked up her heels and said she would live another year. March borrowed two days off April. The two days turned out cold and stormy and the old cow died. It was the custom in olden times that when people are going to build a house they would put down a penny with the head up. And then they would say if the other side of the penny is turned in the morning it is not right to build the house there.

  9. Festival Customs

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    Informant
    M. J. Cunningham

    Whit Sunday and Whit Monday.
    Whit week is the second week of June. People never go out on water on Whit Sunday or Whit Monday. It is said that if a child is born on Whit Monday he or she will meet its death in an accident.
    May Day. May day is the first day of May. It is an old custom not to give away milk on May day or plough day.
    Saint John's Day Saint John's Day is celebrated on the 24th of June. There is always a Pattern held on that day in this district and people do stations round Saint John's well which is in this district.
    Generally known by all people here

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    It is unlucky to cut your nails of a Friday or Sunday. ...

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    English
    Informant
    Mrs Heffernan

    Anything born at Whit will either kill itself or kill somebody else.

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    From the Glen (Co. Limerick) district I learn that Whit Monday is an unlucky day for births, whether of human or animal.

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    Various.

    From the Glen (Co. Limerick) district, I learn that Whit Monday is an unlucky day for births, whether of human or animal. The man born on Whit Monday has murderous tendencies, while the animal, horse or cow or bull, was looked upon as dangerous to life or limb, if it, unwittingly, arrived on Whit Monday.
    Some years ago a horse ran away on a Whit Monday, and in bolting struck and so seriously injured a man, that he died some time later from the effects of the injuries he received. An old woman who heard of the occurrence, exclaimed, "Wisha bad luck to his Whit Monday foal". (M.O.'C.)

  12. Whit Monday is a movable feast. It is forty one days after Easter Sunday.

    Pentecost Sunday is the day before Whit Monday. Whit Monday is always a bank holiday.
    The Wexford annual feis is held on Whit Sunday and on Whit Monday. The feis is not held in the same town every year. People come a long way to the feis.

    Lawrence Fitzharris

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    If you are sick on Whit Sunday you will be sick all the year round.

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    English
    Collector
    Bernard Gaughran

    If you are sick on Whit Sunday you will be sick all the year round.

  14. Whit Sunday

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    English

    It is not right to go to bed, and sleep on Whit Sunday. Any one does will meet trouble before that time twelve months.

    A very popular man in this place went to bed one Whit, and he was in his grave for the next Whit. People said he might expect nothing else.
    Every one tries to get some Holy Water on Whit Sunday. There is a special charm, and cure in it (for the year only though). People shake some on the crop field to give them a good yield.
    A child born during Whit week is always cross and unlucky. A Kinkish child grows into a bad unlucky Kinkish man, and everyone is afraid of a Kinkish (Cincis) man or woman.
    A Kinkish animal is a danger too. A man once had a horse in this place that was born in Whit week. The neighbours all advised him to sell him or do away with him when he was a foal. He wouldn't it and what happened but he killed the man when he was training him.
    Chicks that come out Whit week are not good either. Neither are any birds or beasts. This is a sure belief in this Tiercahan district.