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Local Marriage Customs

Abstract: Story collected by Peggie Murphy, a student at Baile Uí Mhurchadha, Borris school (Ballymurphy, Co. Carlow) from informant Michael Fogarty.

Original reference: 0904/1/11

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Local Marriage Customs [duchas:5030111]

The following are some of the marriage customs in this district-:
Marriages are celebrated at different times of the year but generally at Shrove. In this district Shrove is called "Sheraft." No marriages are celebrated in the month of May as it is considered an unlucky month. People generally get married on a Wednesday. as there is an old rhyme about the days of the week-:
"Monday for health.
Tuesday for wealth.
Wednesday the best day of all.
Thursday for losses.
Friday for crosses.
Saturday no luck at all."
Matches are made in this district and the person who makes them is called a matchmaker. Money is given as a dowry but in olden times farms of land and stock used to be given as a part of the dowry. In olden times the marriage used to be held in the house of the bride but that is not done now people are married early in the morning. In later years there used to be a wedding held in the brides house before the marriage and then in the evening those to be married would drive in cars to the chapel and be married and when they would come back they would continue on the wedding.

Origin information
Ballymurphy, Co. Carlow
Date created:
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Physical description
p. 011
Volume 0904
Collected as part of the Schools' Folklore scheme, 1937-1938, under the supervision of teacher Michael Ó Seachnasaigh.
Rites and ceremonies   linked data (lcsh)
Rites of passage--Deasghnátha aistrithe saoil
School location
BallymurphyBaile Uí MhurchúBallymurphySt. Mullin'sSt. Mullin's LowerCarlow
University College Dublin. National Folklore Collection UCD .

Original reference: 0904/1/11

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"Local Marriage Customs"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 Michael Ó Seachnasaigh.
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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