School: Curratavy

Corratawy, Co. Cavan
E. Ó Gallchobhair

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the herb was much better than the other one. He would get this plant called Eyebright, and sig it up. Then it would be well washed, and pounded on a clean table with a hammer. When the root would be well fined out, it was boiled with sweet milk. The next morning this was stained, and given to the person suffering when fasting. Another cure was that the surer would get an ivy leaf and roll it between his hands. He would continue this until the leaf become soft and oily. Then, he would rub this on the joints of the person suffering.

The people in olden days had no doctors. They had their own cures. When they would get a woul/nd or a cut they would go out and cut 'comfrey'. This herb was like a carrot top. They would then chew it and spit it into the cut or wound. It grew out in the fields. The cut would then be healed in a few days.
They had a cure also for a stye on the eyes. They would go and pull ten gooseberry thorns

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Padraigh Mac Samhrain