In 1937-’38 children collected folklore in their localities for the Schools Folklore Collection. Clarecastle and Ballyea schools are recorded in Volume 1608 of the Collection and can be enjoyed online at www.duchas.ie/en/cbes. Nancy Costello from the Quay Road, Clarecastle, told the story of how the Robin got its red breast when it stood at the foot of the cross at the Crucifixion.
‘it is said that the Robin was at the foot of the cross when our Blessed Lord was crucified and that a drop of the Sacred Blood fell on its breast. That is how he is red in breast, and got the name Robin-Redbreast.’
Meanwhile William Murphy from the Pound Road, Clarecastle, writing about Feasts, described how on Easter Sunday, ‘eggs are eaten on that morning by children and the cross is seen in the sky’ and ‘On Easter Sunday people get Easter water to bless their houses’.
Wishing all our friends a very happy Easter 2020