School: Stackallen (roll number 1309)

Stackallan, Co. Meath
P.T. Mac Gabhann

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0714, Page 082

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In this part of the country there are various kinds of herbs growing, and more than probable they grow every where in Ireland. Different kinds of ointement are made of those herbs which cure all kinds of diseases. I will now describe some of the ointments, what they are made off, what diseases they cure and also some of the people who make it.
About two mile from my home a woman named Mrs. Brien lives. She makes ointment for burns or sores out of the following herbs, Lady's mantle, plantin leaf, briar leaf, daisy leaves and primrose leaves. When she is making it she melts butter in a pot and puts the herbs in it and boils them slowly. Then she takes the pot off the fire and pounds the herbs into an ointment. Those receipts are usually handed down from one generation to another. The dandelion is also known to cure consumption. It is eaten as it grows. A cure for piles is to boil the roots of butter-cups in milk in summer and drink the milk and roots and eat the leaves of the butter cups in winter.
The Ladies five fingers is supposed to be a cure for "wilefire." There is a man named James Downes that lives in Rochestown who has a cure for the "Farcie." I could only find out three of the herbs

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Philomena Tighe
Rochestown, Co. Meath