Old Customs

Now as regards old customs, the first one I mention was giving an infant an egg and a pinch of salt on its first visit to a house, I have read of this being a custom in parts of England as well as Ireland. It was meant to wish the baby a long and prosperous life. This practice has died out altogether, which is not surprising when you consider the present price of eggs.

When a cow calved it was the rule to send a present of a can of beasons to a neighbour . I always loved to see the beasons come to our house; it meant we could have pancakes for tea.

Mrs. Branagan (SHS, 1950)