School: St Joseph's, Béal Átha Seanaigh

Location:
Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal
Teacher:
An Br. S. Ó Murchadha

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There is a disease amongst cattle known as elf-shot. The symptoms are loss of milk, and feeling very cold. In olden times it was believed the fairies did it.

There is a disease amongst cattle known as elf-shot. The symptoms are loss of milk, and feeling very cold. In olden times it was believed the fairies did it. There are numerous cures, such as a blessed candle. The cow is measured from the end of her tail to her nose, and the sign of the Cross, with the candle is made over her and under her for three days. Another cure is a briar with the ends growing into the ground, and the cure is made the same way. It is always successful.

Collector
Michael Gavigan
Gender
male
Address
Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal
Informant
Mr James Gavigan
Gender
male
Address
Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal
Language
English

There was a disease known as mumps. It was a swelling in the throat and jaws and was very painful. The old people had a very peculiar cure for it. They put a donkey’s halter round the head of the patient and led him to a spring well where they said some prayers. This was done once a day for

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