School: Pitfield, Inis (roll number 11091)

Location:
Cluain Draighneach, Co. an Chláir
Teacher:
Tomás Ó Maonaigh
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  1. Matchmaking
    In rural Ireland the custom of match-making still survives, but not to such a great extent as in years gone by. This is how a match was made: -
    A farmer had a dowry for his daughter, and when she reached a certain age he decided to get her married.
    In his eye he knew a certain place that would suit his purse, and his daughter, also.
    A neighbour of his whom he knew was a good match-maker, was sent with an "account" to the father of the prospective bride-groom/
    If the money, and everything else suited the bride-groom's father the match was said to be "made" for that side of the party.
    A party belonging to the bride then walked the land of the bride-groom, and, if they were pleased with it the wedding day was fixed.
    The weeding feast usually took place in the bride's house.
    Both parties contributed to the
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    1. gníomhaíochtaí
      1. gníomhaíochtaí sóisialta (~7)
        1. deasghnátha aistrithe saoil (~573)
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    Language
    English
    Collector
    Kathleen O' Dea
    Gender
    Female
    Address
    An Leathbhaile, Co. an Chláir
    Informant
    Pat Gavin
    Relation
    Relative (other than parent or grandparent)
    Gender
    Male
    Age
    60
    Address
    An Leathbhaile, Co. an Chláir