School: Baile Uí Dhuibh, Kilmeaden (roll number 13636)

Ballyduff West, Co. Waterford
Caitlín Madders

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0650, Page 302

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There are weeds growing which do harm to crops. The crowfoot, the fo-sesc or charlock, and the ground ivy choke the crops and prevent them from growing.
Thistles make the land poor because they take all the strengh of it, and they choke the oat crop.
The dandelion leaves were used as medicine long ago. The leaves were boiled and the juice was drunk as a cure for a sore throat. The milk of this weed was good to take away (a) warts.
The dock leaves were boiled and the juice of them was thought good to cure whooping cough.
This leaf was considered good to cure the sting of a(n) nettle.
The month of May was the month in which nettles were eaten frequently long ago. They boiled them thoroughly and they ate them as a vegetable.
They liked them every much because they purified the blood.

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