School: Caisleán na hÉille (The Neale)

Location:
Neale, Co. Mayo
Teacher:
Máire, Bean Mhic Domhnaill

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0103, Page 246

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There was an old man living in Dringeen. He had a cure for the tonsils. He would pull a few ribs of hair off the top of the head. Then he would put a hard boiled egg as a poultice to it.

There was an old woman living back in the mountains and in olden times people who complained of headaches used to go to her. She had a charm.
They had to bring with them a piece of unsalted butter and a bit of tobacco before she would set the charm. She would measure their heads then with a woolen thread.
They had to pay her three visits. When she had the charm set a few times she used to tell them that their heads were opened about an inch on top but to give her two and sixpence.

Collector
Bridie Faragher
Gender
female
Informant
Pat Faragher
Gender
male
Age
60
Address
Ballyglass, Co. Mayo
Language
English