School: Mount Talbot (roll number 14056)

Location:
Mount Talbot, Co. Roscommon
Teacher:
M. Ó Héimhthigh

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Herbs

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0267, Page 241

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8.5.'38 Herbs
The most harmful weeds on our farm are, the thistle, the annell leaf, the couch-grass, the bishop weed, gladom, grounsel, dandelion, charlock or praise, briopcan, buacallon buide, robin-rue-the-hedge, nettle, docked leaf and garlic. They are not harmful because they spread rapidly but because they make the soil poor.
The nettle, the dock and the thistle grow only in good land. All the rest grow in poor land. The nettle is good for rheumatism. It is boiled first and then the juice of them is drunk. Garlic is good for the gapes which young chickens get very often. It is cut up and mixed through the food and given to them. The Creagh Patrick leaf is good for healing wounds.
Up to the present day nettles and dandelions are used as part of the food for chickens, turkeys and ducks.

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Collector
Brighidh Ní Fhlannagáin
Gender
female
Informant
Mrs Flanagan
Gender
female
Age
50
Address
Mount Talbot, Co. Roscommon
Language
mixed