Signs of Rain

Abstract: Story collected by a student at Dún Ceann Fhaolaidh school (Dunkineely, Co. Donegal) (no informant identified).

Original reference: 1038/3/20

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Signs of Rain [duchas:4392708]

Black clouds in the sky.
A ring around the sun
Hens picking themselves.
A weasel crossing the road.
A cat with her tail to the fire.
A cat scraping wood. 
A dog eating grass.
Mist on the moon
Far away ring round the moon.
Goats’ hair in the sky.
The wind whistling in the keyhole
Soot falling down the chimney
Ants flying about
Ducks flapping their wings.
Mist on the mountains.
Cattle running for shelter.
A blow down in the chimney. 
A sick person getting worse.
The wind drifting South.
Birds flying low. 
The ground covered with spider’s webs.
Frost for three nights.
A swollen sea. 
Crows flying low or against the wind.
A clear air.

Origin information
Dunkineely, Co. Donegal
Date created:
Type of Resource
Physical description
p. 261
Volume 1038
Collected as part of the Schools' Folklore scheme, 1937-1938, under the supervision of teacher Seaghan Mac Cuinneagáin.
Ireland--History--Famine, 1845-1852
The great famine--An gorta mór
Folk poetry   linked data (lcsh)
Folk poetry--Filíocht na ndaoine
School location
DunkineelyDún CionnaolaDunkineelyKillaghteeBanaghDonegal
University College Dublin. National Folklore Collection UCD .

Original reference: 1038/3/20

Suggested credit
"Signs of Rain"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 Seaghan Mac Cuinneagáin.
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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