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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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New foundation aims to preserve Irish folklore heritage

The National Folklore Foundation (Fondúireacht Bhéaloideas Éireann), a new UCD company with charitable status, has been set up to preserve, protect and promote Ireland’s National Folklore Collection at University College Dublin. The Collection is one of the largest folklore collections in the world. It is composed of circa 3 million manuscript pages, 500,000 index cards, 12,000 […]

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Treasure into ashes: A 19th century cist burial discovery

I recently came across an interesting 19th century account describing the discovery of a Bronze Age cist burial at Mullaun, Co. Wexford. Written by George Henry Kinahan, a geologist with the Geological Survey, it gives a valuable insight into the folklore and superstitions surrounding these early archaeological discoveries. His description reads: ‘Here some years ago […]

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