School: Glencar

Location:
Glencar Scotch, Co. Donegal
Teacher:
Brigid Mc Daid

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Cures of Long Ago

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 1083, Page 292

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Long ago people did not consult doctors as much as they do at the present day. In most districts there were people skilled in the use of herbs and these prescribed for people suffering from disease or illness. Most of the herbal cures were beneficial.
But there were other cures that were very popular and there were of no benefit whatever. They were merely superstitious practices. For the whooping cough there were several of these old cures. One of the best known was eating bread made by a woman who was married to a man bearing the same name as her maiden one. The bread however had to be given without being asked for. If asked for the

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Collector
Annie Murray
Gender
female
Age
13
Address
Glencar Irish, Co. Donegal
Informant
John Mc Grenra
Gender
male
Age
73
Address
Killylastin, Co. Donegal
Language
English