School: Wilkinstown (roll number 1917)

Location:
Wilkinstown, Co. Meath
Teacher:
Máire Ní Failcheallaigh

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Old Cures

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0711, Page 011

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1. A wart can be cured by letting a snail walk over it.
2. The whooping cough can be cured by the person affected getting a piece of red ribbon from his god-father.
3. A 'beeling' can be cured by dipping the affected part three times in potato-water.
4. A person who suffers regularly from toothache can cure it permanently by cutting a piece off his hair on the first Friday of every month.
5. A sty on the eye can be cured by pointing nine gooseberry thorns at it.
6. A boil can be cured by letting a God's Horse walk round it.
7. A cut that is bleeding too much can be cured by putting a clean cobweb on it.
8. The 'mullen' plant is a cure for consumption.
9. The 'five-fingers' is a cure for diarrhoea.
10. Watercress cures diabetes.
11. Sorrel boiled with sugar cures delicate blood.

Collector
Ena Finegan
Gender
female
Address
Wilkinstown, Co. Meath
Informant
Mrs Finegan
Gender
female
Address
Wilkinstown, Co. Meath
Language
English