School: Stackallen (roll number 1309)

Stackallan, Co. Meath
P.T. Mac Gabhann

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The most harmful weeds growing on the land around here are dockons, nettles, thistles, chicken weed, bishop weed, and grouncil. The dockons; nettles and bishop weeds spread rapidly and the thistles and grouncil and also the dockons take away the good food the crops should get and so make the land poor. The yarrow, shamrock, dandelion, plantain leaf are always found where there is good land and rushes only grow where there is bad land. The following are the name of herbs I know of, the yarrow, dandelion, scotch, hemlock, foxglove, sweet may, freehogs, plantain leaf, carpenters leaf, primrose leaf, roots of daisies, lady's five fingers, lady's mantle, broom, golden rod, Marrow Boodle, cats paws, Fairy furze, bag bane and rose noble. The yarrow used to be used for playing tricks on Hallow Eve night. The yarrow is also made into medicine. Mrs Brien of Gernonstown knows how to make a lot of ointment and medicine out of herbs. She can take the white stuff that comes out of the dandelion and if you drink it is supposed to cure consumption

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Thomas Martin
Gernonstown, Co. Meath