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Thread #99243 Message #2766493
Posted By: Jim Carroll
15-Nov-09 - 01:19 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Buried alive - is this story true?
Subject: RE: Origins: Buried alive - is this story true?
One of the Irish singers we recorded in London, Mikey Kelleher, described an incident in West Clare, where it was (and still is) the custom for neighbours to dig a grave or re-open a family plot when somebody dies.
He and a couple of others opened a family plot when his neighbour died and found that the lid of the plain board coffin buried there (that of a young girl) was slightly out of place.
On examination, they found that the hands of the body were in a position indicating that she had tried to push up the lid, the inside of which was covered with scratch marks.