School: Drumcrow

Location:
Drumcrow, Co. Cavan
Teacher:
B. Boylan

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Local Cures

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0982, Page 127

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Long ago there were few doctors in Ireland and the people depended on their own remedies to cure diseases. The following is a list of ailments and their cures.
1. Mumps: A winkers was put on the patient and he was driven around the pigsty three times saying the following, "Pigs, pigs, mumps, mumps take away these watery lumps".
2. Sty: Nine thorn were pointed to the patient's eye for nine days and then the ninth one was thrown away
3. Hunch: A straw was tied around the patient's neck or tied around the crook

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Informant
Kathleen Finnegan
Gender
female
Address
Drumcrow, Co. Cavan
Language
English