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Naomh Maolmaodhóg, Dúndealgan

Abstract: A collection of folklore and local history stories from Naomh Maolmaodhóg, Dúndealgan (school) (Dundalk, Co. Louth), collected as part of the Schools' Folklore Scheme, 1937-1938 under the supervision of teacher S. Ó Máirtín.

Original reference: 0661/3

In collection The Schools’ Collection : County Louth schools

  1. Without title (p. 174b-174d)
  2. Pin Factory (p. 175)
  3. About a mile from Dundalk on the Ardee Road there is a place called Cambruicville... (p. 175-176)
  4. If a person has whopping cough he should pass under the stomach of a piebald horse... (p. 176-177)
  5. About the year 1740 a number of priests on the run were passing through the Demesne... (p. 177-178)
  6. When wild geese go back to the sea, good weather is coming. (p. 179)
  7. When a large number of seagulls settle in a field it is a sign that there is bad weather coming. (p. 179)
  8. When the majority of a herd of cows lie down in a field, there is going to be rain. (p. 180)
  9. When a cat turns his tail to the fire in the morning there is going to be rain through the day. (p. 180)
  10. In the country it is considered lucky to be married on a Wednesday... (p. 181)
  11. To cure a stye on your eye go into a pigsty three times... (p. 181)
  12. To cure a whopping cough wear a red ribbon (round your neck) given to you by your godfather or godmother. (p. 182)
  13. It is said that if you kill a weasel your fowl will be killed. (p. 182)
  14. To cure a whooping cough, eat a piece of bread, butter and sugar given to you by a woman who married a man of the same name. (p. 183)
  15. If you exterminate crickets from your house you will have bad luck. (p. 183)
  16. There was a man called Sharkey who used to frequent an inn at Bellurgan called "The Blue Anchor". (p. 184)
  17. Here is a rhyme concerning marriages. (p. 185)
  18. At a place called Fane Valley there is a thatcher called Paddy Biggs... (p. 185-186)
  19. Pirate Byrne's Treasure (p. 187)
  20. Swallows flying high means that there will be good weather, (p. 188)
  21. If Candlemas Day is bright and clear, we may expect a wet summer. (p. 188)
  22. When old people's corns are sore we may expect rain. (p. 188)
  23. When the sky is red at sunset there will be good weather the following day. (p. 189)
  24. If swallows "count your teeth" (come close to your face as to look into your mouth) you will die within the year. (p. 189)
  25. If you eat "soill as tra" (flaggers or leaves of yellow iris) you will acquire a stammer. (p. 189)
  26. Fresh cow dung applied to a stone bruise or erysipelas will cure some. (p. 190)
  27. A child born on Whit Sunday will have the "evil blow", that is, a stone thrown from his hand will prove fatal. (p. 190)
  28. When you feel your ears hot you are being talked about. (p. 190)
  29. If you break a looking glass you will have seven years bad luck. (p. 191)
  30. If you see a moth flying about your house you will have a letter coming to you. (p. 191)
  31. If a picture falls in your house there will be a death within the year. (p. 191)
  32. If your left palm itches you will receive money... (p. 192)
  33. If you feel your eyes itchy it means that there is sorrow coming to you. (p. 192)
  34. A black cat means good luck. (p. 192)
  35. If your nose is itchy you will be in a fight. (p. 193)
  36. If you put a fallen tooth under a stone you will get money. (p. 193)
  37. If a spark comes out of the fire you will receive some money. (p. 193)
  38. If you have sores on your head wear a cap made of ivy leaves. (p. 194)
  39. If a dog eats grass or a cat scrapes wood there is sure to be rain. (p. 194)
  40. A circle round the moon is a sign of rain. (p. 194)
  41. If a person has warts on any part of his body he should get a long straw and put as many knots on it as there are warts. (p. 195)
  42. About a mile outside Dundalk there is a park called the Deer Park and in it there is a cave. (p. 195-196)
  43. If a cock stands on one leg there s sure to be rain. (p. 197)
  44. To see a cock crowing in through an closed window is bad luck. (p. 197)
  45. To cure hiccoughs think of the elevation of the chalice. (p. 197)
  46. When stars are close together there is sure to be rain. (p. 198)
  47. Long ago when a person had measles, the woman of the house put three onions on a table beside the bed of the sick person... (p. 198)
  48. Games (p. 199)
  49. Fairy Story (p. 200-201)
  50. Hidden Treasure (p. 202)
  51. Asses milk will cure whooping cough. (p. 203)
  52. Dandelion juice will cure warts. (p. 203)
  53. White river froth cures warts. (p. 203)
  54. To cure fits in a dog put water on his head or cut his tail. (p. 204)
  55. Treasure at Clogherhead (p. 204-205)
  56. Fairies of Fane Valley (p. 206)
  57. If you bathe on Whit Sunday you are sure to be drowned. (p. 207)
  58. A horse hair (of the tail) if left for nine days in water becomes an eel. (p. 207)
  59. It is unlucky to see the new moon through glass. (p. 207)
  60. Blood stains on a window pane mean a death to the house. (p. 207)
  61. The chirp of a bird chased from his nest is a cursing of his disturber. (p. 208)
  62. The best salmon of the year's first catch should be given to the Parish Priest as a thanks offering. (p. 208)
  63. Human hair should not be burned but should be stuck into a hole in a wall or a hole in an outhouse. (p. 208)
  64. If you throw a clew or ball of thread into a lime kiln on Hallow Eve night in the name of the devil... (p. 209)
  65. You should throw a fallen tooth over your left shoulder. (p. 209)
  66. If you pull three spines out of a live hedgehog with your teeth you will never suffer from the toothache. (p. 209-210)
  67. A black cat running across a road is a sign of an accident. (p. 211)
  68. If wild ducks build their nests on the edge of a lake it means fine weather and if they build high on the banks it means bad weather. (p. 211)
  69. If you are sick on Whit Sunday you will be sick all the year round. (p. 211)
  70. If you throw salt at the root of a tree it will fall within the year. (p. 212)
  71. It is bad luck to cut toe nails on Sunday. (p. 212)
  72. I is bad luck to sow on Sunday. (p. 212)
  73. To soothe nettle stings rub a Dockin Leaf on the part of the body where the sting is... (p. 212-213)
  74. If you throw water out through a window it brings rain. (p. 214)
  75. It is bad luck to open an umbrella in a house. (p. 214)
  76. It is bad luck to bring hawthorn into a house. (p. 214)
  77. If you fall in a graveyard some of your relations will soon die. (p. 214)
  78. If a chicken has the pip, put him in a box with a hole in it and put the box under a grate with a lighted fire... (p. 215)
  79. If there is a blue flame in the fire there is going to be a storm. (p. 215)
  80. Poor Donkey (p. 216)
  81. When a person has the mumps he must get the winkers of a horse and have them put on his head. (p. 217)
  82. If the hair on a boys head begins to fall he must get the marrow out of a bone and rub it on his head... (p. 217)
  83. Story of the Bush (p. 218)
  84. If a child has a sore throat he should fill a stocking full of hot salt and tie it around his neck when he is going to bed... (p. 218)
  85. If a child has a sore throat he should fill a stocking full of hot salt and tie it around his neck when he is going to bed... (p. 218)
  86. If a child has a sore throat he should fill a stocking full of hot salt and tie it around his neck when he is going to bed... (p. 218)
  87. Funny Story (p. 219)
  88. Funny Story (p. 219)
  89. Funny Story (p. 219)
  90. Funny Story (p. 220)
  91. Old Cures (p. 221)
  92. Local Happenings (p. 222)
  93. Once upon a time a protestant man who lived a few miles out side Ardee dies of a sudden illness. (p. 223)
  94. Cuchulainn's Mount (p. 224)
  95. When a dog eats grass there is sure to be rain. (p. 225)
  96. A red sky at night is a sign that the next day will be dry and sunny... (p. 225)
  97. One day there were three fellows going to be hanged. (p. 226)
  98. There is a field in Dromisk and there is a cave in it. (p. 226-227)
  99. A few years ago there were two men names Mr Woods, and Mr Lamb. (p. 227-228)
  100. Hidden Treasure (p. 229-230)
  101. Old Customs (p. 231-232)
  102. Local Happenings (p. 233)
  103. Old Cures (p. 234-235)
  104. Games (p. 236-238)
  105. Old Cures (p. 238-240)
  106. Bird-Lore (p. 240-242)
  107. Old Customs (p. 242-243)
  108. Bird-Lore (p. 244-245)
  109. Cures (p. 246)
  110. Local Happenings (p. 247-248)
  111. Bird-Lore (p. 249)
  112. Story (p. 250-251)
  113. Old Trades (p. 252-253)
  114. Cures (p. 253-254)
  115. Local Happenings (p. 255-256)
  116. There is a field in Dromiskin and there is a cave in it. (p. 257)
  117. One day there were three fellows going to be hanged. (p. 257-258)
  118. Cures (p. 259)
  119. Bird-Lore (p. 260-261)
  120. Old Trades (p. 262)
  121. Old Customs (p. 262-263)
  122. Hidden Treasure (p. 264-265)
  123. Old Trades (p. 266)
  124. Dirty Mouth (Or Thrush) (p. 267)
  125. Rose (Erysipelas) (p. 268)
  126. Sciatica (p. 269)
Origin information
Dundalk, Co. Louth
Date created:
Type of Resource
Physical description
1 chapter (vol. 661, p. 174b-269)
English  irish  
Folklore--Ireland--Louth (County)
Traditional medicine   linked data (lcsh)
Folk beliefs   linked data (afset)
Whooping cough   linked data (lcsh)
Supernatural beings   linked data (afset)
Marriage   linked data (lcsh)
Rites and ceremonies   linked data (lcsh)
Treasure troves--Folklore
Erysipelas   linked data (lcsh)
Pentecost Festival   linked data (lcsh)
Warts   linked data (lcsh)
Hiccups   linked data (lcsh)
Measles   linked data (lcsh)
Recreation   linked data (lcsh)
Halloween   linked data (lcsh)
Bites and stings   linked data (lcsh)
Jokes   linked data (lcsh)
Mumps   linked data (lcsh)
Ringforts   linked data (lcsh)
Cuchulain (Legendary character)    linked data (lcsh)
Occupations   linked data (lcsh)
Agriculture   linked data (lcsh)
Thrushes   linked data (lcsh)
Sciatica   linked data (lcsh)
School location
DundalkDún DealganDundalkDundalkDundalk UpperLouth
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Original reference: 0661/3

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"The Schools' Manuscript Collection: County Louth schools," held by the National Folklore Collection UCD. © Digital content by University College Dublin, published by UCD Library, University College Dublin <>
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