The Folk-Lore Journal/Volume 5/Donegal Superstitions
SUPERSTITIONS, CO. DONEGAL.
HE following I was told by the daughter of a small farmer, the family evidently being descendants of one of the English settlers. These are only a part of the superstitions still prevalent in the country.
"Miss, there is no doubt the crickets know what you speak. At Moyne Hill, at our house, you know, we were getting a new grate in the kitchen, and all the crickets left. A few days afterwards I saw a big cricket outside the door, and I said, 'You are welcome back, come in,' and the big cricket and five others immediately came in. Some time afterwards my sister Kate killed one of the crickets, and that night when our stockings were drying at the fire the crickets eat hers, but they did not touch mine."
It is a very general belief in Ireland that crickets will destroy clothes of people that injure them, and if those people are married they are especially hard on their baby's clothes.
E. L. G. K.