School: Bullach

Location:
Castlerea, Co. Roscommon
Teacher:
Máire Ní Fhlannagáin

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Cures

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0244, Page 022

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In olden times the people of my district never dreamt of bringing in a doctor or going to the hospital, instead they believed in certain people and things to have cures.

The seventh son had the cure for ringworm, but a white worm should be put in the hand of the child when born.
Long ago when people had Rheumatism or any other disease of that kind they got a certain person to bleed them, by cutting a certain vein in the left arm and this was supposed to cure them.
Some people had charms for curing head fever. They used to measure the person's head with a black ribbon from the top of the head to the chin and then around the head and if both did not correspond the head was supposed to be

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Collector
Ellen Higgins
Gender
female
Address
Lugakeeran, Co. Roscommon
Informant
Mrs Teresa Irwin
Gender
female
Address
Tully, Co. Roscommon
Language
English