The stories told on these pages are from  a collection of folklore compiled by schoolchildren in Ireland in the 1930s. 
The children recorded (over&nbsp740,000 handwritten pages) of this material from their parents, grandparents and neighbours.

These are their stories in their own words.

Customs and Beliefs Regarding Eggs Laid on Good Friday

SCHOOL: Gníomh go Leith | ADDRESS: Gneevgullia, Co. Kerry

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Good Friday – Jesus dies on the cross

Long ago the people did not put milk in their tea, nor did they use butter or eggs on Good-Friday and if a person died on Holy Thursday he would not be buried until Easter Saturday.

If seeds were planted on Good-Friday they were sure to grow. It was a custom not to draw any blood on Good-Friday, in honour of the Crucifixion of Our Lord.

Children that are born on Good-Friday, and baptised on Easter Sunday, were supposed to be able to cure Farcy in horses.

The eggs that are laid on Good-Friday are supposed to be able to cure certain diseases.

The people had it as a custom to go to the church on that day to pay rounds. People who were far away from the church did the rounds in a grave-yard instead.


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