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

Donegal, Co. Donegal
Séamus Mag Shamhráin

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Old Cures

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 1034, Page 247

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For toothache People who have toothache and wish to be cured go to a blacksmith and beg for a donkey's shoe which they rub on the tooth three times.
For mumps Any person being the first born child of a father and mother of one surname can cure the mumps. He or she puts donkey's winkers on the suferes and leads then to a well where they take three mouth fulls of water and bliss them-selves at the same time. This is done for three days and then the mumps disappear.
For warts A cure for warts is to rub the warts with a black snail and then hang it on a bush and as the snail withers so does the warts.
For measles The cure for measles is to pull

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Joseph Cassidy
Donegal, Co. Donegal