At Halloween in this area it was the custom to make colcannon at Halloween time. The first plate made is for the fairies and no salt is added to their portion. The mixture is made to celebrate the digging of the potatoes. It was also the custom for young people to kick a head of cabbage around on Halloween. It is also hung on doors and door knobs but the reason for this is unknown now.
Lettera, Co. Galway
Collector: Annie Morgan, Croaghill, Co. Galway
Informant: Michael Conneely, Kilnalag, Co. Galway (a road worker)
Duchas, ‘The Schools’ Collection’, www.duchas.ie
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