School: Saints Peter & Paul, Balbriggan

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Balbriggan, Co. Dublin
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Bean Uí Chorcoráin

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The Care of the Feet

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0783, Page 476

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The care of the feet 18:11:1938

Mabel Purfield, Folkstown, Balbriggan
These facts were told to me by my father Mr John Purfield, Folkstown, Balbriggan
In olden times people did not wear boots. They wore clogs. The boys did not wear boots until they were in long trousers. The children long ago were stronger than now. There is a man in the Nail who never wore boots. His name is Mr Brown. Even to the present day he does not wore unless he is going away from home. The children at present would think it a crime if they had to go barefooted.
It is believed that if you wash your feet on the 29th June boil the water and strain it, it is said to have a cure for corns.
Another cure. The first you wash new potatoes, keep the water strain it put nettles, (chopped real fine) in it, leave it over night in a can, put them by the side of the fire for two hours, take them up and drink half a cupful every morning for three mornings

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Collector
Mabel Purfield
Gender
female
Address
Balbriggan, Co. Dublin
Informant
Mr John Purfield
Relation
parent
Gender
male
Address
Balbriggan, Co. Dublin
Language
English