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Dan Dan Thread the Needle

Abstract: Story collected by a student at Ballycorus school (Ballycorus, Co. Dublin) (no informant identified).

Original reference: 0798/5/49

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County The Schools' Manuscript Collection : County Dublin Schools

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Dan Dan Thread the Needle [duchas:4387791]

All the children get into a big line. Two girls get out of the line and catch one anothers hands. Then the line goes in and out under the girls arms and while walking in and out the children sing. Dan Dan thread the needle 'seow seow seow let every body pass but the last man go". The two girls that are out of the ring. One of the two girls is supposed to have an apple and the other a orange. Then one of the girls say "which would you rather have an apple or an orange." If the girls say an apple. The girl which is not in the ring would say "get behind me." The next girl may say when she is asked which she would rather, have she may say a orange or she may say apple and so on until the last girl. Then it ends up in tug o war. Who ever falls is out and the girls that do not fall wins the game.

Origin information
Ballycorus, Co. Dublin
Date created:
Type of Resource
Physical description
p. 291
Volume 0798
Collected as part of the Schools' Folklore scheme, 1937-1938, under the supervision of teacher E. Nic Shionóid.
Recreation   linked data (lcsh)
Entertainments and recreational activities--Siamsaíocht agus caitheamh aimsire
School location
BallycorusBaile Mhic FheoraisBallycorusRathmichaelRathdownDublin
University College Dublin. National Folklore Collection UCD .

Original reference: 0798/5/49

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"Dan Dan Thread the Needle"in "The Schools' Manuscript Collection," held by University College Dublin, National Folklore Collection UCD. © University College Dublin. Digital content by: Glenbeigh Records Management, published by UCD Library, University College Dublin <>
Collected as part of the Schools' Folklore scheme, 1937-1938, under the supervision of teacher E. Nic Shionóid.
Supported by funding from the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Ireland), University College Dublin, and the National Folklore Foundation (Fondúireacht Bhéaloideas Éireann), 2014-2016.
Record source
Metadata creation date: 2014/2016 — Metadata created by Fiontar, Dublin City University, in collaboration with the National Folklore Collection UCD and UCD Library. Original Fiontar metadata converted into MODS by UCD Library.

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