School: Paite Gobha (Pettigo)

Pettigo, Co. Donegal
Eilís Nic Liam
The Schools’ Collection, Volume 1030, Page 298

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  1. Long ago, in Ireland there were no doctors, and the people had to make their own cures.
    If they had toothache, they went and got a frog, and took the intestines out of it, and put them into the tooth.
    If they had whooping cough, they got a saucer of milk, and got a ferret to blow its breath over it, then the one who had the whooping cough took the milk, fasting in the morning, for three mornings.
    If they had warts on their hands they got a big black snail and rubbed it on the wart, and then hung it on a blackthorn bush, when the snail rots so does the wart.
    A Stye on the eye was cured by bathing with boiling milk for three nights.
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    1. activities
      1. medical practice
        1. folk medicine (~11,815)