School: Ráth Mhór (B.) (roll number 16987)

Rathmore, Co. Kerry
Diarmuid Ó Cróinín
The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0451, Page 026

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0451, Page 026

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  1. A small green plant that grows in shady corners of fields and ditches is a good cure for warts. It is called "Fairys Milk" because when any part of the plant is broken a white juice flows out . This juice if it gets into the eyes will blind. If this juice is rubbed to the wart every day the wart will gradually disappear.
    If there is a swelling on the arm or leg, goose-grease if rubbed to it will cure it. Donkey milk if drunk will cure whooping-cough. If there is a corn on the foot, a big ivy leaf if placed on it will cure it. Strong pepper if shook on a rotten tooth, will cure tooth-ache. If a child had "Thrush" a duck's breath into his mouth will cure him.
    A dock-leaf if rubbed to the place where a person is stung by a nettle is a cure for the sting. Castor oil is good for a sore ear. If the key of a door is placed at the back of the neck of any person bleeding from the nose, it will stop the bleeding.
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    1. activities
      1. medical practice
        1. folk medicine (~11,815)
    Sean Ó Mathuna
    Rathmore, Co. Kerry
    Sean Ó Mathuna
    Rathmore, Co. Kerry