School: Clochar na Trócaire, Carn Domhnaigh

Location:
Ballylosky, Co. Donegal
Teacher:
An tSr. A. Nic Fhionnlaoich, An tSr. M. Beinín

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Old Cures

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 1115, Page 223

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Old Cures
Those who had the mumps were always brought to a stream which was running South-wards and made to drink some of the water.
It was always said that the child who was born on Whit Sunday would kill someone or be killed by another person, and ill luck would dodge his footsteps.
Everyone who had a stye on his eye would prick it three times for nine successive mornings, with a thorn from a goose-berry bush, and then threw the thorns over his right shoulder.
When a cow was sick they always half-churned some milk and gave it to her to drink.
If anyone had a pain, he pulled carrageen from the rocks, then boiled it and put it on as a poltice, the old people said that there was

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Collector
Betty Doherty
Gender
female
Address
Cashel, Co. Donegal
Informant
Patrick Doherty
Relation
parent
Gender
male
Age
41
Address
Cashel, Co. Donegal
Language
English