School: Loughill

Ballymunterhiggin, Co. Donegal
Eibhlis Ní Mhathghamhna

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 1026, Page 118

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If a child in the district gets the mumps Maggie Bonnelly makes the cure. She has the cure because her mother’s maiden name was Connelly. She puts a pair of winkers [?] over the head of the patient and leads her (or him) to a spring well. Three times she dips a porringer [?] in the well and each time gives it to the patient who drinks the water and says three times “in the name of the father and of the son and of the holy ghost”.


1. The seventh son cures a toothache by rubbing it with his hand.
2. One never gets a toothache if one makes a promise (such as not shaving on a Sunday) and never breaks it.

1. Pass a wedding ring round it three times “in the name of the father and

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