DESCRIPTION: On Saturday morning people (men and women?) gather "to finish the yarn... and then we'd go dancing to Boduran's Ball." There was dancing after dinner and drinking until morning. Of all the parties and picnics "I never saw better than Buduran's Ball"
AUTHOR: Sean O Tuama (Johnny Nora Aodha) (source: OCroinin-Cronin)
EARLIEST DATE: 1956 (OCroinin-Cronin)
KEYWORDS: dancing drink food music party moniker
FOUND IN: Ireland
REFERENCES (1 citation):
OCroinin-Cronin 36, "Buduran's Ball" (2 texts)
NOTES [127 words]: Re: "to finish the yarn... and then we'd go dancing" per Margaret Lynn Steiner: "there is a tradition in Ireland of reciprocal help called a meitheal. People would go to a neighbor's to help with whatever task was needed, and this was usually followed by a ceilidh." Following up on that, the following seems relevant: "Tailors used to travel from place to place making clothes, and the bygone methods of turning flax and wool into yarn are described, as also the manner of haymaking and turfcutting, as well as the meitheal or "gang" method of mowing, harvesting, hauling, building, and spinning" (Review by J.H.H. of C.M. Arensburg and S.T. Kimbal of Family and Community in Ireland in Folklore, Vol. 53, No. 4 (Dec 1942 ("available on JSTOR")), p. 220.) - BS
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