The New Moon



John Canon O’Hanlon (Lageniensis) , 1870;

‘In Galway a salutation to the new moon was, and perhaps is still, made, by the person kneeling down, reciting a Pater or Ave, and then saying, “Oh Moon! May thou leave us safe, as thou hast found us!” Another form of salutation used in Galway, and which might be applied to any phase of the moon, was to make a sign of the Cross, and to say in an undertone, “God and the holy Virgin be about me!” Then followed this verse –

“I see the moon, and the moon sees me;

God bless the moon, and God bless me!”

Another Galway version, and a mode for females saluting the new moon, are tripping to the nearest stile, or gate, and looking over it thrice. Then the person looks up to the moon, and exclaims –

“All hail to thee, moon! All hail to thee;

i prithee, good moon, reveal to me

This night who my husband should be.”’

Irish Folk Lore

The Waning of the Moon and Haircuts

Ireland –


John Canon O’Hanlon (Lageniensis), 1870;

‘It was, and still is, a popular idea in Ireland, that to have the hair cut in the wane of the moon injures it very  much, by causing it to grow thinly, and to fall away; and this should only be done when the hair becomes too thick. To make the hair grow thicker, its cutting should take place, it was thought, just after the new moon.’

Irish Folk Lore: Traditions and Superstitions of the Country