29 Jun 2022

Easter Sunday,
Mac Diarmada and an Ancient Bush ‘Sgeac’



Corramore is mentioned in a song about Easter Week composed to the memory of Sean Mac Diarmada – a native of this district and a former pupil of Corracloon NS. The song was written by Pat Clarke, Glenfarne.

The first verse runs like this: “Oh! Corramore, I do implore, your mourning cloak put on, and join with me in fervent prayer for the soul of martyred Sean.

“Before the throne of God on high, His mercy to implore, For the soul of our brave patriot Brave Sean of Corramore.”

Story collected from Scoil Corra Cluana, Kiltyclogher, author unknown.

Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday is a great feast day. It is kept in honour of the rising of Our Lord from the dead. There are a lot of customs observed on that day, now as well as in olden times. People eat a lot of eggs and the children make an Easter House and light a fire. They boil as many eggs as they are able to eat with some bread. The sun dances early on Easter morning and a lot of people get up early to see it dance.

Story collected from Scoil Ardvarney, by Veronica McGovern, Cleen, Dromahair.

An Ancient Bush

There is an ancient brush of Killinummery, supposed to be 200 years old. The townland in which it is in is called after it and is known as ‘Sgeac.’

Around this bush is known as the home of the fairies. Several people have heard cats mewing at this bush, and have often heard music and seen lights there also. The bush is still growing and nobody ever interfered with it. Beside this bush there is a round heap of stones, and there is supposed to be a hidden treasure under it, watched by a big black cat.

The man who owned the land in which the bush is growing had a dream, three nights in succession. He dreamt that two neighbouring men and he, should go on a certain day to find the treasure. When the black cat would appear, if they were not able to kill it with the first blow, some of their lives would be lost. They had not the courage to venture to do the job, and that means the treasure remains undisturbed to this very day.

Story collected from Scoil Fulach na Scríne by Eilrrn Devaney from Hugh Devaney, Greaghnafarna, Dromahair.

The Folklore Archive (1937-39) is available in Leitrim County Library and is the property of the National Folklore Collection UCD.

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