School: Baile na nGalloglach (Milford) (roll number 15338)

Location:
Millford, Co. Donegal
Teacher:
Tadhg Ó Súilleabháin

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Cure for a Cow 'Shot' by the Fairies

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 1087, Page 005

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When a cow stands with drooped head and refuses to eat, chew the cud and give milk she is supposed to be "shot" or "blinked" by the fairies.
To find out if she is "shot" a man measnures her from the point of the trail to the point of the nose. The measure he uses is his forearm, from the point of his middle finger to the point of his elbow. He does this three times. If the measurements do not agree the cow is supposed to be "shot" by the

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Informant
Aenus Mac Bride
Gender
male
Age
63
Occupation
farmer
Address
Aghanursan, Co. Donegal
Language
English