These ‘do’s and don’ts’ were passed down over the centuries:
If someone dies outdoors, the remains must not be brought into the house proper, the wake should be held just outside the front door.
If you have a Hawthorn tree growing in your field it shouldn’t be interfered with and you must not plant any crop in that field.
If there is a path used for generations across your land, you cannot ever stop such use.
When milking a cow, your right hand must be towards the cow’s head.
We would often spend the evenings telling stories, one evening it was ghost stories and Pat Dwyer from Ardagh as there. As he was walking home a briar lifted his cap off his head, Pat thought it was someone from another world and took off!
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