School: Sruthar (C.)

Location:
Shrule, Co. Mayo
Teacher:
Bríd, Bean Uí Éanacháin

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Leigheasanna

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0102, Page 118

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Leigheasanna

Long ago the people were too poor to pay doctors, and there were home cures for pains, cuts, fevers, children's sickness, and many minor ailments.
Cobwebs were considered a good cure for bleeding, and paraffin oil was also used to stop bleeding. Paraffin oil was considered very good for pain in the bones.
If a dog bit a person, a rib of his hair was put on the bitten part. A dog's lick is good for sores. The first spittle in the morning was a cure for an old sore. For boils, a plaster made with plain soap and brown sugar, on brown paper, was a very good cure.
Ivy leaves and cabbage leaves were very good for corrupted sores. The seventh son was said to have a cure for boils.
Any person born on Xmas day was supposed to have a cure for rheumatism. My sister, christina Keleghan, has the cure.
If a black snail was rubbed on warts, and then stuck on a thorn bush; when the snail was completely withered, the warts were also withered.
Another cure for warts was to cut a turnip in

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Collector
Jessie Keleghan
Gender
female
Address
Shrule, Co. Mayo
Informant
James Keleghan
Relation
parent
Gender
male
Age
60
Address
Shrule, Co. Mayo
Language
English