School: Cloigeann

Location:
Cleggan, Co. Galway
Teacher:
Seán Ó Fathaigh

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0004, Page 317

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holy water. Some people wash their feet in the stream that flows from the well. They also take home a bottle of the Holy water. They use it when a person is sick or have any pains.

If a person is granted a request a little insect often floats on the top of the water, which is a sign that the request is granted. The prayers said at the Seven Sisters well are Seven Our Fathers, Seven Hail Marys and Seven Glory Be to the Fathers.
Some people leave medals, beads, statues or crucifixes. People also bring home a small stone from beside the well. There was a Protestant who once tried to dirty the well. He threw stones into it and in one month afterwards he was drowned. There is a small wall around the Seven Sisters Well.

Cures.
The chief cures for certain pains are, for instance.
Headache: a wet cloth tied around the head.
Toothache: Bluestone.
Backache: a plaster.
Earache: Bathe the ear with hot water.
Bunhole: Poletios of bread.
A thorn in the finger: A fox's tongue.
A burn: Goose grease.
The cures for certain diseases, are, for, instance.
Chin-chough: Donkey's milk.

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Collector
May Courcey
Gender
female
Address
Ballynakill, Co. Galway
Informant
Mrs M. Courcey
Relation
parent
Gender
female
Age
50
Address
Ballynakill, Co. Galway
Language
English