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From the Indo – Irish fisherman are extremely superstitious, apparently.

Seeing a priest before setting out to sea, saying certain words or phrases aboard or allowing a red haired woman on to the boat are all likely to trigger fear of bad luck. So says Bairbre Ni Fhloinn, archivist and lecturer at University College, Dublin’s department of folklore.

She found those with most at stake financially were most likely to believe in fishing-related superstitions.
And younger, better-educated professional fishermen working aboard state-of-the-art trawlers were more likely to be superstitious than older, more traditional fishermen.

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