School: Naul (roll number 1170)

Location:
Naul, Co. Dublin
Teacher:
C. Mac Fhíonntaigh

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Old Charms and Spells

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0787, Page 104

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Long ago there were witches in Ireland who by skimming the wells and rivers on farms where cows would drink water were able to take the butter off the milk. The cure to banish this witch-craft is on May Eve to put a little Holy water in the pumps, wells and rivers where the cows would drink water.

Blessed Cream
A neighbour named Hugh Gilsenan used bless cream. First he would burn straw and mix it through the cream. Then he would put a coat over his head and go into the room where the cream would lie. He would say certain prayers and then bless himself. Next he would spit in the cream and give it to you.
Many years ago there was an old witch who lived in Damastown. Early every morning during the Summer months when everones cows were out in the fields she would turn

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Collector
Eileen Andrews
Gender
female
Age
16
Address
Rath Little, Co. Dublin
Informant
Patrick Andrews
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parent
Gender
male
Address
Rath Little, Co. Dublin
Language
English