School: Naomh Bríghid, Blackwater (roll number 7036)

Blackwater, Co. Wexford
Diarmuid Ó Súilleabháin

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0886, Page 097

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In collecting this béal oldcas I have often put the query re sowing potatoes broadcast in the years immediately after the famine. I could get no satisfactory answer but here is what Miss O'Connor (Connors) says:
The potatoes were the size of beans she said and to sow them the people made a basket of straw in the shape of a bee hive. This was shaped to fit under the arm of the sower and was held in position by a strap over the shoulder. To sow the seed the sower moved the mouth of the receptacle in parallel lines at the required distance apart from one side of the ridge to the other, the seed dribbling out continuously meanwhile.

Whooping Cough - Miss O'Connel remembers bread being given to an ass and crumbs given to a child sick with whooping cough
Jaundice: Gander's dung mixed with herbs (she doesn't know the names of these) and beer. Miss Dempely near Balckwodes school is well known in connection

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