Holy Water

Newcastle, Co. Galway

Water that is blessed on Holy Saturday has a special meaning attached to it. You cannot get that blessing at any other time of year. Everyone brings home a bottle of it and each person drinks a small mouthful. If there as a thunderstorm this water would be thrown against the windows and doors to guard against harm. The same would be done with Whitesuntide water.

Collector: Julia Cloonan, Clogh, Co. Galway

Informant: Honoria Cloonan, Clogh, Co. Galway (grandparent)

Place: Newcastle, Co. Galway

Footnote: Duchas, ‘The Schools’ Collection’, www.duchas.ie

This page was added on 26/04/2017.

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