Taking the Piseog…

Recently I’ve been asking kids what they know about piseogs (superstitions). I’ve been telling them the story of the day I ran into the house with a bunch of hawthorn flowers for my gran and my normally good-humoured gran roared at me to get out. I tell them how my mother explained the tradition that hawthorn was a faery tree, making it bad luck to bring the flowers inside.

A boy in Dubray Books, Bray, said he’d been told that birds flying into your house means a death, and a girl said the Spanish side of her family believes a black cat crossing your path is bad luck, while the Irish side believe it’s good.

In Newbridge a girl called Sharon said that her grandad told her about a neighbour who cut down a hawthorn tree and was dead within the week.

Joan, the librarian in a school I visited last week, said she remembers the protests in her home village in Clare when it was proposed to chop down a hawthorn to make way for a motorway. The locals won; the road went around the tree.

A nun at the same school said she knew that Michael McDowell  (former Irish minister) would rue the day he announced that he was going to build a prison on a certain piece of land and insisted ‘there’ll be no guff about it being held up by fairy forts and such’.

‘I thought,’ said the good sister,  ‘he’s mocking the fairies – he’ll regret that. And wasn’t he gone out of politics within the year?’

hawthorne

4 thoughts on “Taking the Piseog…

  1. Greetings, fellow bloggers! I just wanted to say, I live with three [mostly] black cats, but I believe they are lucky cats (well, they’re lucky to be living with me as “luxury cats”!).

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  2. I just tried to comment, and it didn’t show up. Try again.
    Greetings, fellow bloggers! Just sayin’, I live with three [mostly] black cats, and I believe they are lucky cats – well, they are lucky to be living in my house with me as their mom.

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  3. Aha, it seems comments reside in the speech bubble in upper right corner!!! I didn’t realise that…we may change the WordPress design we are using in a few weeks when we have all the pros and cons in. THAT is a definite con you’ve shown up…ta!

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