School: Kilmore (roll number 16637)

Kilmore, Co. Roscommon
Máiréad, Bean Mhic Giolla Críost
The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0254, Page 213

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0254, Page 213

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    would not go to the fair because he met the red haired woman. He considered it such an omen of ill-luck.
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  2. If a hen began to crow, it was thought some great misfortune was to befall the household unless the following charm was worked. The special fowl in question was to be caught and thrown across a three-maring-drain. That was a drain which separated the farms of three neighbours. Then when throwing the hen across the drain, the person was to say "All bad luck be with you." Then wherever that fowl strayed to, she was supposed to bring alll the bad luck or good luck.
    If a cock crowed before twelve o'clock it was also considered an omen of ill-luck. Sometimes the poor innocent bird was killed, sold or drowned because of
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    1. genre
      1. belief (~391)
        1. folk belief (~2,535)
    Ettie Millar