School: Ballybay (Hall St.) (roll number 12378)

Ballybay, Co. Monaghan
C. Ó Maonaigh
The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0938, Page 351

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    land. Rushes are found only in poor land.
    Some herbs have medicinal properties namely nettles, coltsfoot and dandelion. The water of boiled nettles brings out the spots on a person with measles coltsfoot and dandelion clean the blood.
    There are no traditions connected with any herb or plant explaining why its flower has a certain colour, why its root is shaped as it is, or why it is small.
    Nettles are used as food for young turkeys. Herbs were used extensively as a cure in former times. The poor people used them as cures. People were relieved and cures by this means.
    Written by Henry Fuller, Hall Street, Ballybay.
    Transcribed by a member of our volunteer transcription project.
  2. Potatoes are grown on our farm. About an acre is sown under potatoes. The amount is about the same every year.
    The servant boy prepares the ground. The ground is not manured in any way. Before being turned up. The manure is put in the drills. The potatoes are sown in drills made with a drill plough. Wooden plough were used some time ago. I do not know of anybody who uses the wooden plough now. The spade are bought in a shop. They are made in Clones. Before the potatoes are put in they have to be cut. Some of them are cut in two parts and some in three. If the potato is small a chip is taken out of it.
    The local people help one another in dropping
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    Transcribed by a member of our volunteer transcription project.