Catalogue of Brand Material.
III. General Observances.
[a) Things forbidden.
To give food, fire or anything else out of the house
[h] Things enjoined.
" No Christian should be without [flesh] meat in his house at Seraft " -
South Connemara (Kil- keiran, Carna).
(c) Viands, and Ceremonial re Viands.
Remains of meat hung in
chimney till Easter - Pancakes ^ . _ .
Dream of a future husband on a piece of pancake rolled in a stocking - - -
(d) Other Observances.
Weddings customary -
Cockfighting (extinct) -
Londonderry (Maghera, 1 814), Cork, Kerry.
(Maghera), Clare. Connaught.
IV. Local Observance.
" Skellig Lists " (rhyming lists of
maids and bachelors whimsically
paired, pubhshed at Seraft) - Cork and Kerry. " Boys " tied women to railings - Cork.
" On Shrove Tuesday night though thy supper be fat, Before Easter Day thou may'st fast for that."
Dinner ; " crowdy " (oatmeal porridge) made with gravy. Supper ; meat, pudding, and pancakes.- A ring and silver coin for marriage divinations are thrown into the batter.
1 Vallancey says Irish baked cakes and offered them to the Queen of Heaven or the Moon, in February, to secure peace and plenty.
^Otherwise described as "a late dinner of broth, pudding and meat." Cf. the " No broth, no ball ; no ball, no beef," of Mrs. Gaskell's Cranford.