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The Feast of St. Martin

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0620, Page 062
National Folklore Collection, UCD.
Collected by: Séamus Ó Sealbhaigh, Kilfenora N.S. 10/12/1937
The feast of St. Martin falls on the eleventh of November. In parts of Ireland fowl are killed and the blood spilt in different houses, the stable for the horse, in the cowhouse for the cow’s and in the dwelling house. As the belief was that the Saint protects the animals and people. Another belief was that if the blood was soaked in cotton wool and the wool kept safely and applied to affected parts when people got pains. It was supposed to cure them.

Some people also believe that it was not right to roll any sort of wheel’s on that day.

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