I will share a few of these superstitions from time to time as I remember them.
Irish superstitions part one - Unlucky omens
You may have heard the saying "the luck of the Irish" but according to old Irish tales or Old wives tales most things brought Bad luck!
- If anyone stumbled at the foot of a grave - it was considered bad luck and if you were unfortunate enough to actually fall and touch the ground, death would most likely occur within the year
- If a magpie came to your front door and looked at you - this signaled death and could not be averted
- Black cats, a girls whisteling or a crowing hen all signaled bad luck
- If you kill a robin you will never see or have good luck
- A wagtail near your house equals bad luck
- It is unlucky to accept a lock of hair from a lover
- It is unlucky if a hare crosses your path before sunrise
- Friday is the most unlucky day to move house, start a business or take a trip
- Never put shoes on a table or you will be sure to have bad luck
- A broken mirror means seven years bad luck
- It is bad luck for a fisherman to keep the first salmon of the season
- You must never walk under a ladder
- You must never open an umbrella in the house
- Handing someone a knife is bad luck
- Two people washing their hands in the same sink at the same time means disaster
- Red haired women were considered most unlucky
This is just some of the many superstitions that have been told in Ireland. There are many many more, more than I will ever be able to write. Most are far fetched and yet some are based on commen sense, for example if a piece of food dropped to the floor, it was to be left untouched, for the faery folk/the good people and it was them who knocked it from your hand - although that may seem far fetched, at the time hygene standards would have been poor and it would have been difficult to persuade a hungry person not to retrieve the food on the basis that it may not be clean - but very few people would have taken something back from the good people, as they were referred to.