Irish Customs and Rituals

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Marion McGarry explores old Irish customs and beliefs associated with each season: Spring (Imbolc); Summer (Beltaine); Autumn (Lughnasa) and Winter (Samhain). The author also explores traditions and beliefs surrounding major life events such as births, marriages and deaths, as well as general beliefs surrounding cures and the supernatiural. She focuses on the period from the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries, when many customs were rooted in residual pre-Christian beliefs that ran parallel to conventional religion practises of the time, many of which continue to the present. The author is an Irish historian, author of 'The Irish Cottage: History, Culture and Design' and 'An Illustrated Dictionary of Furniture and Interiors'. McGarry's research interests are in Irish heritage and identity; Irish material culture, architecture and design history.