Traditions by Alyssa Power

EASTER TRADITIONS by Alyssa Power

My Granddad told me, for Easter, when he was young they boiled eggs and then painted them, but sometimes they just ate them .

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ST. BRIDGET’S DAY TRADITIONS by Alyssa Power

On St. Bridget’s Day my Granddad told me they used to sprinkle holy water around their house and on the cattle.

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CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS by Alyssa Power

For Christmas my Granddad put holly on their tree instead of an angel or a star.

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MAY DAY TRADITIONS by Alyssa Power

On May Day in Youghal they go for a walk through the woods.

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NOVEMBER THE FIRST by Alyssa Power

On November the first my Granddad told me he put out a light on November the first and he still does.

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Christmas Traditions by Emma Keevers

My granny used to get an orange, a book and one toy. They had no decorations except tinsel so they made rows of paper links and paper bells. They would hang the paper links from one corner of the room to the other making a criss -cross on the roof. They would hang their stockings from the end of their bed. She would carve a hole out of a turnip, put a big candle in it and put it on the window sill. There was only one shop it was called Quains, the only time toys would be in the shop was on Christmas Eve and they would only be in the shop for a few hours. On Christmas day they would get Christmas pudding and Christmas cake, it was the only time of year they got sweet cake.

On Christmas my Mam would make lanterns out of oranges.

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May Day by Emma Keevers

On May Day my granny would pick bluebells.

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Halloween by Emma Keevers 

On Halloween my granny would collect wood to make a bonfire. They would tie an apple on a string and try to bite it. They would go bobbing for apples but there would also be money at the bottom of the basin. My granny would then dress up as a ghost or something and go walking around.


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Easter by Emma Keevers

For Easter my granny would eat chicken eggs and my great granddad would eat six chicken eggs. Everyone would give up sweets and then on Easter they would stuff themselves with sweets.


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St Declan’s Day by Emma Keevers

My granny would go to St Declan’s well and walk the cliff walk three times, and each time they passed the well they would kneel down and bless themselves.

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Pancake Tuesday by Emma Keevers

On Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Tuesday) they would make pancakes and they would eat fish every Friday.

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Ash Wednesday by Emma Keevers

On Ash Wednesday my granny would go to mass and get ashes on her forehead. She would then go to people who could not go to mass and bring them the ashes, if you saw the ashes on someone you would know that they were not allowed eat meat, they were only allowed to eat fish.

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St Patricks Day by Emma Keevers

My granny would go to a parade and she did not have to fast on St Patricks Day and Easter Sunday, people were very strict about when you could break your Lent promises. She would have bacon and cabbage for dinner. 

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Halloween by Courtney O” Mahony

My nan used to make pumpkin hats. She used to get fruit when she went trick or treating.

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Emmet’s Traditions by Emmet Freyne

On Christmas Day my dad’s family would light a candle and the fire would be lighting for the whole day.

They would check their Christmas presents and if it was snowing they would play in  the snow.

On Easter Sunday, every year, they played a game. Whoever had eaten all their Easter eggs first, would win.

On the eve of St Bridget day they would hang out a scarf or a hat.

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EASTER TRADITION (IN NORTHERN IRELAND) by Molly Robinson

My Dad told me that, on Easter, when he was younger they would roll eggs down a hill and see which one would reach the end first. This was a tradition they had in Northern Ireland.

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MAY DAY TRADITION (IN ENGLAND) by Molly Robinson

He also told me that in England they would dance around a may pole, dress up and sing songs.

HALLOWEEN TRADITION (IRELAND) by Molly Robinson

A lady told me that when she was younger they would go trick or treating but back then they would have gotten apples and pennies. Almost 30 years on and not much has changed. We still go trick or treating we just get different things, we get sweets.

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Traditions by Hannah Kiersey

Brigit’s day by Hannah Kiersey

On St. Brigit’s eve people leave a piece of white cloth in the hope that St. Brigit will bless it.


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At Christmas by Hannah Kiersey

First you would put out the crib.

Second you would put up paper decorations.

On Christmas Eve people would put up their knee high socks along the fireplace.

Families would make their Christmas dinner.

On Christmas morning kids would usually get apples and oranges you would rarely get sweats.

Families would go to mass.

After mass you would eat your Christmas dinner.


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May Day by Hannah Kiersey

In school they brought the kids up behind the school and each child would get one sweat.

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Easter by Hannah Kiersey

On the morning, you’d get a boiled egg in the morning.

Then you’d go to mass and get holy Easter water for the old.



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November by Hannah Kiersey

The month of the souls.

You’d go to church every night of the month.

You would go to Sunday rosary in the cemetery.


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Old Irish Traditions by Henri Botrel

Every Christmas my Nan lights a candle on her kitchen window.

On the Eve of St Brigid’s Day, she would hang out a scarf.

On May Day my mam’s family would make a May altar. There would be a holy statue with two candles and flowers on it.

Easter: On Easter Sunday they would boil eggs for every kid.

In November they remembered the Feast for all saints and all souls.

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CHRISTMAS by Katie Ahern

There were no trees in the house at Christmas time when my nana was younger. She said that on Christmas Eve they would light a candle in every window of the house. Each candle would be in a pot and red crepe paper would be around it. At night they used to look outside at all the candles. On Christmas Eve they used to bring the table up next to the fire and have a special tea. They would hang stockings over the fireplace. On Christmas day, my nana used to get a small ball, a bag of sweets and a small doll every Christmas. None of the presents were wrapped. One Christmas my nana lost her ball on Christmas and she cried the whole day because her present was gone. All of the usual jobs like milking the cows would still be done on Christmas day.

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ST.STEPHANS DAY by Katie Ahern

On St. Stephen’s day my nana and her mother would go visiting people. Her brother used to go out with the Wren boys (The Wren boys used to go house to house singing and collecting money.)

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HALLOWEEN by Katie Ahern

My nana used to have a big pot of water with apples in it and they played bobbing apples and the first to get an apple would get a penny. They would have had big bonfires and would have been gathering stuff for weeks like bits of timber and broken boxes.

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Traditions by Éibhleann Geaney

PANCAKE TUESDAY

People had pancakes for supper.

And they only had lemon and sugar on it.

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ASH WEDESDAY by Éibhleann Geaney

Everybody went to Mass.

And people had Fish and Vegetables for dinner.

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PATRICKS DAY by Éibhleann Geaney

They all went to the Parade and they wore green and after the Parade they went for a meal.

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MAY DAY by Éibhleann Geaney

They took flowers from the garden and they made an altar for their home.

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ST DECLANS DAY  by Éibhleann Geaney

People had a special meal. They would visit St.Declan’s Church. And later there would be a candle light procession.

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HALLOWEEN by Éibhleann Geaney

My mam’s family would go to town to get more sweets because they lived in College Road and most children would go trick or treating there.

Later on they would sit down and eat all the sweets and chocolates and they got sick.

CHRISTMAS by Éibhleann Geaney

They would always go to town on Christmas Eve to get the shopping then they would go for a meal. They would always go to mass. They would then come home and have mince pies and Christmas cake. They would put a tray out for Santa and the Reindeers. On Christmas Morning they would get up and the presents would always be left on the bed. They would have Christmas Dinner later in the day and Uncle Henry would come down and spend Christmas day with them.

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Traditions By Neasa Keevers

Easter Sunday

On Easter Sunday, my Granddad and my Granduncle Richie from my mam’s side and their 4 sisters and brother used to have a competition to see who could eat the most eggs. My Granduncle won; he ate around 20 boiled eggs.

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May Day By Neasa Keevers

My Mam and aunt Caitríona used to make a May altar on May Day, they brought in flowers from the garden and put them around the statue of Mary in school and at home.

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Christmas Eve By Neasa Keevers

My Dad used to light a candle in the window every Christmas Eve to guide Mary and Joseph when they were looking for the stable.

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November By Neasa Keevers

My dad’s family used to go to mass everyday for the month of November.

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St. Brigids Day By Neasa Keevers

My Mam’s and Dads’ families used to go to mass on St. Brigids Day. Nowadays, they put out a tie or scarf on Brigids eve.

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May Day Traditions by Gráinne Kiernan

On May Day when my granny was a little girl, her family would bless all the fields and cattle and the fields and the farm would be safe for the next year.  They would have a good harvest and a good year.

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Traditions by Aoife O Brien

St Brigids Day by Aoife O Brien

It has been a tradition for a very long time to put out the Brat Bride on the Eve of St Brigid’s Day. This includes things such as scarves, ties, and belts- one object for each member of the household. It is believed that St Brigid would pass over the land and bless the objects. A jug of water is also left out to be blessed.

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Shrove Tuesday by Aoife O Brien

In west Cork dances were held on that night. People had a celebration before Lent began. During lent you were not allowed to get Married.

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Lent Traditions by Aoife O Brien

Long Ago only Bread and water were consumed for Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Some older women only wore black on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. There was no entertainment like dances or Cinema allowed during Lent, except on St Patricks Day . People went to Mass every day during Lent. They also went to Rosary and Benediction three times a week in the evenings during Lent. 

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May day by Rachel Flavin

People sprinkled Holy water on all their property –land animals or boats to keep away evil spirts.

Long ago piseogs were practiced by nasty people around May Day. If eggs were put in potato fields-it was believed the potatoes would fail.

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Halloween by Rachel Flavin

People had a basin of water with apples in it, people tried to bite the apples while they bobbed up and down.

Easter by Rachel Flavin

On Easter morning people used to try and eat as many eggs as they could.

Christmas by Rachel Flavin

On Christmas Eve they used to put up lots of decorations and, a few weeks before Christmas they would visit Santa.

Other Traditions by Rachel Flavin

St.Brigid's Day by Rachel Flavin

The Brat Bríde was always put out on the Eve of St. Brigid's Day for St.Brigid to bless. This was used to cure sore throats and sick animals.

May Eve by Rachel Flavin

On May Eve, all the livestock and people were blessed by Holy Easter Water. This would protect and preserve them from evil and illness.

Halloween by Rachel Flavin

Halloween wasn't celebrated as it is today - it was celebrated religiously as the feast of all Saints. My grandparents played games like snap apple and we ate barm brack.

 

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