School: Scoil na mBráthar, Tuaim

Location:
Tuaim, Co. na Gaillimhe
Teacher:
An Br. Ó Duinn
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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0027, Page 0219

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  1. In Ireland long ago the Irish had a larger number of old customs at wakes. When a person died it was not right for the people of the house to wash or lay the person out. Five candles used to be put on a table at the head of the corpse.
    Snuff used to be put on the persons chest and everybody that came in used to take a pinch of it. The neighbours used to stay all night in the house and tea and tobacco was given around to them. Long ago the colour of the coffins was black. When a person died the people used to stop the clock and then they would know what time the person would die.
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    Topics
    1. gníomhaíochtaí
      1. gníomhaíochtaí sóisialta (~7)
        1. deasghnátha aistrithe saoil (~573)
          1. bás (~1,076)
    Language
    English
    Informant
    Mrs Keegan
    Gender
    Female
    Age
    73
    Address
    Tuaim, Co. na Gaillimhe