School: Valleymount

Location:
Valleymount, Co. Wicklow
Teacher:
Dll. Ó Cochláin

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0917, Page 021

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Sweat House
The most ancient ruins about this locality are the old Chapels - and the "sweat-house".
Long ago when the priests were forbidden to say Mass in the Church at Valleymount, they built a Church in Carrigacurra and the people used to go up there to Mass.
The "Sweat house" is built on Thomas Mahon's land in Carrigacurra. It is built of granite and roofed with long flags. It is square outside and round inside.
The "Sweat-house" was supposed to cure Rheumatism, headaches and other pains.
The cure was effected by lighting a fire and let burn itself out. Then the ashes were taken out and the patient went in and sweated. Then he came out and bathed in

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Collector
Eileen Cullen
Gender
female
Address
Ballyknockan, Co. Wicklow
Informant
Mr L. Cullen
Gender
male
Age
60
Occupation
farmer
Address
Ballyknockan, Co. Wicklow
Language
English