School: Tulach an Iarainn (roll number 1289)

Location:
Tallow, Co. Waterford
Teacher:
Eibhlín Ní Dhubhshláinge

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Old Cures

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0638, Page 262

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Old Cures

My great Grandfather - Mr. J.J. Beecher always had a jotter in his house, into which he wrote cures. This is the Alphabet they sometimes had for diseases.
A is for apples good for a cold
B is for barley, it cures many ills
C is for cabbage, it's good for the skin
D is for dandelion wine, if you drink it you'll never be thin
E is for elder, it makes face cream
Figs cure toothache, if in hot milk, they steam.
G is for ginger, it's good for the gout.
H is for honey, it makes you grow stout
Ivy in vinegar, it makes a corn cure
Jelly from Carrageen is nourishing and pure
K is a letter, from which I will leave
L is for lettuce, eat this, and you'll sleep
M is for mint, which is good for headache
N is for nuts, they a wholesome dish make
Oats make fine porridge so highly nutritious
P is for parsnips when cooked they're delicious
Q is for quince, which cures gumboils quite soon
Raspberries keep you from gout, pains immune

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Collector
Patricia Beecher
Gender
female
Address
Tallow, Co. Waterford
Informant
Mr J Beecher
Relation
unknown
Gender
male
Age
56
Address
Tallow, Co. Waterford
Language
English