Scoil: Rathkenny (uimhir rolla 15483)

Suíomh:
Ráth Cheannaigh, Co. na Mí
Múinteoir:
Tomás Mac Cárthaigh

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Burying the Sheaf

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"Burying the Sheaf" was a method of revenge practised in these parts long ago, by the injured party against the wrong-doer.
This was the method adopted. The injured party got a sheaf of oats (really a very small sheaf of about two handfuls of blades of ripe oats). Into each joint in each blade of oats she stuck and ordinary pin and then tied the whole into a sheaf with a "gad" or belt. The sheaf was them waked for three successive nights from nightfall to dawn with candles burning round it, and the injured party "keened" beside it, as if it were a corpse. At the end of the third night and just before day-break the injured party buried the sheaf secretly, and it is said that according as the sheaf was decaying and the pins rusting away, the wrong-doer was pining away, and finally died when the sheaf & pins were rotten.
A girl named Nanny Ward from this Parish (she lived at Knock, Wilkinstown Navan, at the bridge of

(leanann ar an chéad leathanach eile)
Bailitheoir
Thomas Carty
Inscne
fireann
Seoladh
Ráth Cheannaigh, Co. na Mí
Faisnéiseoir
Owen Flanagan
Inscne
fireann
Aois
circa 55 go 60
Seoladh
Ladyrath, Co. na Mí
Teanga
Béarla