School: Aodh Rua, Dún na nGall (roll number 13382)

Donegal, Co. Donegal
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Old Cures

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 1034, Page 243

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[in margin: oils] The cure for boils is to
get a small piece of tobacco and
dip it in salt water and
the put it in a cloth and
tie it round your neck and then
the boils will disappear.
[in margin: whooping cough] It is said that mares milk
is a cure for the whooping cough
[in margin: mumps] The cure for mumps is to go
under a donkey's belly three times, and say
in the name of the father and of the son and of the holy ghost.
[in margin: ...toothache?] The cure for the toothache is to take a
pull of a pipe or a cigarette.
[in margin: Rheumatism] The cure for Rheumatism is to take a
a cup of bogbean morning and night
[in margin: headache] The cure for headache is to get a slice of
a lemon and put it on a bandage and tie it round your head.

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John Mac Brearty