School: An t-Éadan Mór

Location:
Edenmore, Co. Monaghan
Teacher:
S. Mac Philib

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Herbs

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0960, Page 282

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The most harmful weeds growing are Dockens, (dock weeds) Thrisels (Thistles) Rushes, Gilgowans orans nettles, chicken weed, red shank, scutch grass, rag weed, dandelion, colts foot, scouts, (water hemlock) sprit, sweet meadow, (meadow sweet) and rose noble. Some of these are harmeful because they spread rapidly.
Orans will only grow on good land. Rushes, gilgowans, scutch grass, chicken wee and nettles will grow on bad land.
Rose Noble boiled will purify the blood. Dandelion will purify the blood.
Ivy leaves stop bleeding. A beat leaf will take out a thorn.
I could not find any traditions concerning any herb or plant.
Nettles are used for Gollamon, and mashed potatoes are also for meat for turkeys.
Orans and dandelion are used for pig's meat.
Blackberries are used for dyeing purposes. Scouts (water hemlock) and yew three are

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Collector
Bridie Mc Kenna
Gender
female
Address
Tamlat, Co. Monaghan
Informant
Mary Mc Kenna
Gender
female
Address
Tamlat, Co. Monaghan
Language
English