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Lucky and Unlucky Signs: Folklore from Co. Kerry

This blog post details some of the signs/portents which were deemed lucky or unlucky in early 20th century Ireland. It is based on information supplied by pupils at Listowel National school, Co. Kerry in 1938. ‘If you break a looking-glass, you are supposed to have seven years bad luck. If a person comes in one door, […]

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Our Farm Animals. Folklore from Co. Wexford

This early 20th century Irish folklore account details the animals found on a Co Wexford farm.  It is based on information supplied by Margaret Larkin of The Kyle, Gusserane in 1938. ‘The horses, cows, cattle, sheep, pigs, dogs, cats, ferrets, are the farm and domestic animals at home. The cows’ names are Rosemount, Whitney, Whelan, Carroll, […]

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Marriage Customs: Folklore from Co. Donegal

This folklore account details some of the beliefs surrounding marriage in early 20th century Ireland.  It is based on information supplied by Pat Mulhern, a 68 year old man, who lived in Lisahully, Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal in 1938. ‘In some parts of the country, it is customary for the people to get married on Monday […]

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Death-Lore. Folklore from Co. Mayo

  This folklore account details some of the superstitions surrounding death in early 20th century Ireland.  It is based on information supplied by William Hayden and Mary Birmingham who lived in Cloonlyon, near Charlestown, Co. Mayo in 1938. ‘When a person dies in a house the clock is stopped. Whoever shaves the corpse keeps the […]

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