When the wedding ceremony finished in the church we all headed to the reception in our cars.
It was a wonderful little surprise to see that, as we passed in our cars, people in the area had lit bonfires of sticks in front of their houses.
I remember driving around the Mayo countryside with my uncle buying cattle.
When the deal was done, it was common for the seller to give back a certain discretionary amount to the buyer.
Most weddings today in Ireland still take place in a church but there are an increasing number of marriages which take place in a registry office.
As Christian Ireland developed, different traditions developed around the country.
One interesting Irish wedding tradition in Donegal was for a man who had identified the woman he wanted to marry.
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If the cap was thrown back by the girl, it meant she wasn’t interested.
Another interesting wedding custom tells of how a woman took steps to ensure fidelity.
Other times it is because they are just limited to just a specific, province, county or village.
I remember going to a friend’s wedding a few years ago in a small village called Caltra near Ballinasloe in East Galway.