School: Brownstown (C.), Curragh Camp (roll number 16303)

Brownstown Upper, Co. Kildare
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Local Cures

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0777, Page 024

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There are few 'cures' peculiar to the district. Those which the children know of seem to have been brought by parents or grandparents from various parts of the country.
One 'disease' however exists here of which I have never heard before. It sounds like 'min-fhéarach' but nobody I have asked can spell it. The patient rapidly loses weight, energy and appetite until the cure is obtained from a woman (Mrs. Sammon) who lives in Kilcullen.

The juice of burning ash-wood cures ear-ache deafness and corns.
A cráchnín wrapped round a wart three times & then buried cuts away the wart, so does furze water.
Sucking the quill of a hen's feather will cure a sore throat

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