One day while digging through the archives in Co. Meath I came across the story of the Cludóg. The Cludóg was an egg marked with a cross that was eaten on Easter Sunday. Adults played no part in this ancient tradition. Children having collected the eggs would go to a sheltered place near a hedge where they would build a fire and boil their eggs. Sadly it seems the tradition faded out by the late 1950’s. One thing is for certain, this tradition points to the last remnants of a pagan spring festival which celebrated the new life of nature and death of winter, the miracle of renewed fertility. Happy Easter!