School: Valleymount

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

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Sweat-House and Local Chapels

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0917, Page 023

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Sweat-House And Local Chapels
There is a sweat-house in Annacarney in a field owned by Thomas Mahon.
In days of of old it was known to cure many people.
About 30 years ago a man by the name of Tom Col was cured in it and he said to be the last person to be cured of Rheumatism there.
Running by the side of it is a brook. This brook is known as the Cockbrook.
A fire was lit in the sweat-house and let burn out. Then the ashes were removed and the patient was put in to sweat. When he had sweated enough he would come out jump into the the Cockbrook.
There was an old chapel where Michael Twyford lives to day. The priests said Mass in it before Valleymount chapel was built.
A contractor by the name of Dornon built Valleymount chapel and he also built the Four Courts in Dublin and Nelson's Pillar. He was said to be the best contractor of his day.
Valleymount chapel is about 130 years built.

Collector
Kathleen Cullen
Gender
female
Address
Valleymount, Co. Wicklow
Informant
Mrs P. Lawler
Gender
female
Age
84
Address
Valleymount, Co. Wicklow
Language
English