School: Bennekerry, Carlow

Bennekerry, Co. Carlow
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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0907, Page 414

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There are many weeds which grown in our garden, such as Tanzy, Foxtail, Spunk, Ceanabhanbeg. Some of these weeds have cures for diseases, such as the Ceanabhanbeg for the Meneric Fever, and the March Mallice for sprains. It is said that Foxtail grows in low wet land, and that the thistle grows on good dry land.

There are weeds called Crowfoot and Tansy, which are very harmful to land, and they spread rapidly. They are bad for cows, when milking. Thistles and nettles grow on good land, and are given to pigs. There are herbs called 'self heal' When stewed the liquid is used to cure a pain in the back
The wild carrot is used to cure diseases in horse's
The mullen plant is used to cure chest trouble

Mary Kinsella
Bennekerry, Co. Carlow