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 245

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sore or weak eyes The cure for sore or weak eyes is called, “Houselick."
a herb which, is usually found on the eves of old thatched houses.
Cure for a hurt The cure for a hurt is a herb called “cumpary”, from which a poultice is made and placed on the hurt.
Cure for a cut The foremost cure to stop a bleeding cut is a herb called Slauna, which is found in the edge of a stream.
Cureof the rose A person whose parents are of the name of McCahal draws a little blood from hand or food, and, with a little butter makes a poultice.
Cure for Red water The cure for red water is a herb called Bloodweed. This herb is found on old banks, and is pounded and given to the beast.
T.B. a herb called wall-cress is used as a cure for Tubercolosis, Bacillí.
Cure for nettle rash. The cure for this, is to wash your hand in the groop in a byre.

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Michael Cassidy
Drumlonagher, Co. Donegal