Saint Martin’s Eve – 10 November.
DH Moutray Read;
‘In certain districts, especially in Connacht, north Munster and south Leinster, strange customs have been associated with the Feast of St. Martin on 11th November. On St. Martin’s Eve the blood of a farm animal or fowl was spilled and sprinkled in the corners of the house, on the door-posts and windows, and in the byre and stable. In some areas the blood was also used to make the mark of a cross on the forehead of each member of the household.’