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Bonfires have a traditional place in celebrations such as An Taoiseach Enda Kenny
and his neighbour Padraig Chambers marking his homecoming after Fine Gael's recent election
win

Bonfires have a traditional place in celebrations such as An Taoiseach Enda Kenny and his neighbour Padraig Chambers marking his homecoming after Fine Gael's recent election win

Bonfires have a traditional place in celebrations such as An Taoiseach Enda Kenny and his neighbour Padraig Chambers marking his homecoming after Fine Gael's recent election win

Did you take the time to shake holy water in each corner of your fields on Saturday night? The old custom of using holy water to ward off bad luck and protect against piseogs on May Eve may have died out in some areas but the tradition is alive and well in others.

It was believed that shaking Easter water or blessed water from 'Cumann na dTrí nUisce'-- any place where three waters, three parishes, three townlands or even three drains meet - was particularly powerful, but any water that had been blessed was enough to ward off bad luck. The aim is to protect your boundaries from bad luck in the form of piseogs.


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