School: Oldtown (roll number 7470)

Oldtown, Co. Dublin
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Local Cures

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0787, Page 37

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Long ago people cured tooth ache by rubbing a frog across the tooth that was paining them and they would never have a toothache again. If an ass was given bread and the crumbs that he would drop while eating it was picked up by whoever had whooping cough and eaten they would get cured.

There is a well in the Grallagh Church-yard called Saint Patrick's well and whoever has whooping cough should drink some of the water out of the well and they will get cured.
If two people of the same name get married they are able to cure ringworm. If there are seven daughters in a family one after another the seventh daughter is able to cure ring-worm.
If nettles are boiled down they will cure pimples. The juice of the dandelion when rubbed on warts will cure them. Breadsoda cures burns.
Rain water that stays on a bridge will cure warts. They following cures different ailments when boiled with water. Ash leaves cure rheumatism. Black currants cure catarrh. Dandelion is a very good tonic. Horehound for a bad cough. Nettles for blood pressure. Hops are good for stomach trouble. The seventh son without a daughter coming between is supposed to be a Priest or a Doctor.
There is a man who lives at Nickstown, Ballybroughil who blesses cream which when rubbed on boils will cure them. There is a stone with a big hole in it outside the Church-yard of the Grallaghand if you twist your arm around it then

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