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 243

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8.6.'38. Herbs.
The charlock is the most harmful weed growing in our farm. This is a list of the weeds that grow in our land:-
Chicken-weed, docket-leaf, dandalion, seapban, bishop-weed, charlock or it is also called bpayre, garlic, groundsel, nettle, thistle, gladum, fuaran, fearaban, crow's foot, St. John's wort, and robin-runn-the-hedge.
They are harmful because they spread rapidly and because they make the soil poor. White clover and red clover are in good land. Bpayre and nettles are in bad land.
Certain herbs had medicinal properties. Nettles are good for rheumatism. They are first boiled and then the person that has rheumatism drinks the juice of them. The dandelion is good for a wart. The milky stuff that is in the dandalion is rubbed on the wart.

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Collector
Eibhlín Ní Fhíneachtaigh
Gender
female
Informant
Andrew Finerty
Gender
male
Age
53
Address
Mount Talbot, Co. Roscommon
Language
English