Folklore, Customs & superstitions
In the days before electricity, radio & television it
was the habit of the people of the parish to visit each others homes and
create their own entertainment in the form of music, dancing and storytelling.
Though many of these stories and songs are now lost, we
are fortunate to have access to the Schools Folklore Collection
of 1937-1938 which includes material collected from Schools in
the Parish. Under guidelines laid down by the Irish Folklore Commission
and under the direction of teachers, children collected the material,
mainly from parents and grandparents and other older members of the local
County Library holds the Mayo archive on microfilm. A full introduction
to the Collection can be viewed
or downloaded here.
The following are transcriptions of the originals
collected in the Parish of Attymass in Acrobat PDF format. Click
the red link to read the file [about Acrobat]:
Burial-Ground in Currower [A factual account]
" ... he discovered a little cell, about twelve
inches high covered on top by two feet of clay."
"He came into the house for milk and on being
told what was wrong with him he said he would cure him."
Station Long Ago
"In preparation for a station, a house was first
freshly thatched with clean, good straw. It was then white-washed
inside and outside..."
"People played many tricks on that night many
of which now are only folk-lore.
"There is a graveyard in Bonnifinglass which is
supposed to be there over a hundred years."
"... the beggar told Jack that he would turn him
into a salmon, with one side silver and the other side gold for
a day and a year."
"About thirty yards from where it flows into the
larger one there is supposed to be hidden treasure."
of Martins Mass Day
"They make the sign of the cross on the door with
some blood which they let flow."
Aimsir [Weather signs]
"When the Ballina bell sounds loudly
When the wind comes from the north"
" The Lord then gave that man power
to change himself into any form he wished... "
about a Dragon
"...his wife was brought by a dragon in the form
of a man. His name was Crochar na tháirne."
"He courted a country girl
And a comely girl was she"
"Long ago there was a Giant buried in that place
"The women started screaming to put down the bull."
man who had a lot of servants
"After the priest bought the devil out in the
shape of a dog ..."
woman at Mass
"I am coming here fifty years and I would be coming
fifty more only for you. I was paid for a Mass and I didn't’t
"And sure he is a ghost” said the priest"
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