School: Cuan an Bhainigh (Bannow)

Carrick, Co. Wexford
Tomás Breatnach
The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0876, Page 087

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  1. There are many kinds of local cures in this district. Most of them have been handed down from the old people. Long ago when there were no doctors the people used to have cures of their own.
    These are some of the cures they used to have. If any person who would happen to strain their ankle some member of the family would get a piece of chicken-weed and tie it around the ankle. This is supposed to cure the strain after a few days. If a person had a tooth-ache and was very far away from a dentist they would get a frog and rub it to the sore tooth. If a person had a sore eye or a sty on it, it is said that the sign of the cross should be made three times with a gold wedding ring, blessed by the Church.
    This is supposed to take down the swelling and cure the eye in a few days. If a person got the sting of a nettle a dock leaf is supposed to be put on it to cure it. When a person has sore feet
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    1. activities
      1. medical practice
        1. folk medicine (~11,815)
    John Maddock
    Haggard, Co. Wexford