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  1. St. Brigid's Cross is made of rushes. The crosses are made by the people of the house on St. Brigid's Eve and placed above the door.
    People decorate the house at Christmas was holly.
    On Palm Sunday palms are taken to the church and blessed at Mass.
    They are hung in the out-houses.
    Palms, holy water, Doon Well water, Tory clay and Gartan clay are all placed in the out-houses to bring good luck on the sick.

  2. Billeting of Rats

    Language
    English

    Belief in the billeting of rats still exists to a certain extent in this district.
    Incidentally it is still a common practice to make a pilgrimage to the Doon Well near Kilmacrennan for the purpose of getting rid of them.
    The pilgrim lifts a bottle of the water against the rats and on his return sprinkles it around their known haunts. Should he, when lifting the water, make the mistake of saying "for the rats" instead of against them a plague of these destructive creatures will invade the house - this is still believed firmly.
    As to the billeting. A paper, containing their marching orders was placed, by a person having the charm, where the rats would find it and they always promptly obeyed the instructions.

    Thomas Maxwell, a carpenter, who had a workshop opposite Abraham

  3. Local Cures

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Laura Rountree
    Occupation
    teacher

    Sprain. People believe in curing a sprain by putting it under a running spout.

    Rheumatism. Many people have gone to Doon Well to get cured with the Holy Water. They take a bottle with them, fill it with the mossy water from the well, put a grass cork in the bottle. They must, on leaving the well, leave something like a handkerchief, hairpin, behind them. The person rubs the water on the place where he has the rheumatism. He must believe in the cure in order to get better.
    Toothache. Mrs Mc Connell of Carnshanna has the cure. She writes a note and sews it to the inside garment next the skin. This is to be kept until it wears off. Otherwise the toothache will return.
    Heart-Fever. Mrs Brown of Craigadooish has the cure. The person takes off most of his clothes. Mrs. B. Has a cup of oaten meal covered with a silk cloth. Keeping the cup up close is the poison she goes round the body with the cup three times. as she goes she is saying something to her self. Then she looks into the cup and if the person has the disease there will be

  4. A Famine Story

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Mary Shiels
    Informant
    Patrick Shiels
    Age
    75

    Long ago the time of the famine the Catholics were dying with hunger. When the Protestants saw that, .. they gathered the people and built a house in Doon, north of Culdaff, and gave the Catholics Protestant Bibles to read and food to eat.
    They all kept the books in the wee house. In the evening the people would gather in and read them.
    One day the priest was passing by going to a sick call and saw the books. He ordered two men with their creels in the bog to burn the book. The men filled the creels with the books and burned them.
    At the time somebody was

  5. Doon Well

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    English

    the water on their sores. The people who live beside the well are called Gallagher, and they take care of the well.
    Some people leave money on a flag at the well, and it is for the Gallaghers. Around the well there are many old crutches and sticks, left by the people who got cured there, and went away without these.
    Nobody ever tried to destroy the well.
    There are no fish in the well.
    People go to Doon well on St Swithin's day, St Patricks day, and Easter Sunday.
    They very often go on any week day, but usually on a Saturday or a Sunday.

  6. Cures

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    English

    night and the buttercup will burn it out.
    (5) Moss water is good for corns. Moss water is the water which lies in peat banks.
    (6) The water from a hold well at Doon, Kilmacrennan cures corns.
    Evil:-(1) In a family where there are seven successive sons, the seventh has a cure for the Evil. When he is born there is something placed in his hand. He uses this, with which to rub the affected part. If not he rubs his hands on the ground. Then he rubs his hand on the sore and make the sign of the cross. The part is rubbed three times on a certain night in the week for three weeks. This takes place after twelve oclock midnight. He also gives you a lock of his hair which you must always keep and wear on your person.
    (2) Charles McManus of Ballaghderg, Letterkenny has a rub for the evil. He is the seventh son in the family. He rubs on three successive Wednesday nights after midnight. He rubs his hand on the floor and then muttering a prayer he rubs his hand on the part affected. The prayer is an Our Father, Hail Mary and Gloria.
    (a) Robert O'Donnell of Lisclamerty, Letterkenny.

  7. Old Local Cures

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Lizzie Roulstone
    Informant
    Mr Alex Hazlett
    Age
    73

    Old Local Cures

    In this district the old people tried to cure toothaches by using such things as ginger, pepper, mustard, salt, cloves, warm water, cold water and brandy.
    In olden times, in this district people cured eyes with black tea. There is a man whos name is Patterson, of the race. Ends near Letterkenny and he can cure cancer. He makes the plaster of herb and lets it stay on the person for three weeks or more and nobody knows what he makes the plaster from. This power to heal cancer is handed down in that family and many have been cured in this way.
    The old people thought if you rubbed a black snail on a wart or rubbed ten rushes on it, or rubbed the lining of a hen's gizzard on the wart would be cured.
    There is a holly well at Doon, between Kibmacrenan and Gartan, and sick sill go to be cured at this well. They leave old cloths, sticks and bandages behind them when they are cured.
    In olden times people who had festered sores went to the man who was the seventh son, to have the sores rubbed by him. He had a cure in his hand. One of the same

  8. Local Cures

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Máighreadh Ní Éigeartaigh
    Informant
    (name not given)

    warts rub nine knots of straw and rub them on the warts. Roll the knots in a piece of paper and throw them away. Whoever lifts the paper gets the warts.

    Rheumatism chicken weed.
    heart-burn take buttermilk and put baking soda in it.
    colas take warm buttermilk, sugar and ginger.
    Asthma rub castor oil on a piece of red linen and put it on your chest.
    "Rosc" daisy roots.
    Holy wells Grianan well and St Muras well not far from here cures diseases.
    Doon Well not far from Letterkenny cures diseases and cures cripples if God wishes.

  9. Cures

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    English

    You have to wash your feet in peat water. Then you have to say some prayers and take up some water from Doon Well while still on your bare feet. Always when leaving the well you have to leave some little rag or emblem behind you.
    (2) The person who has toothache should get a prayer written by a married woman who had the same surname as the man before she got married. Then he should tie the prayer on his clothes. As long as the prayer is kept on the clothes he will have no toothache.
    Another cure for toothache is to go to the Bishop and get the face rubbed with the Bishop's ring.
    (3) Toothache is cured by ground washing-soda. Snuff it up the nostrils.
    (4) A ring of any sort put on your finger by another person. Keep it on your finger as long as your live. This cures toothache.
    (5) Tobacco held in the tooth.
    (6) A simple cure is a pinch of soda or ginger. Sips of hot water will cure it. If it is very bad a towel wrung out of cold water and placed at the back of the neck or head is a good remedy.

  10. Local Place Names

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Kathleen Greer
    Age
    13
    Informant
    Andrew Greer
    Age
    55

    Standing Stone Field, Plane, Black Field Craft, Badger's Field, Miller's Acre, Cottage Field, Neezes Nowe, Gooset, Wee Moss, Big Moss, Golden Acre, Wee Field Creamery Garden, Boyle's Field. Kelly Field, Lower Craft, Laird's Meadow, and Big Field

    Wells
    Foy's Well, Shan's Well, Bog Well, Peggy's Well, Daisy Knowe Well, Patton's Well, Holy Wells, Coyle's Well, Doon Well, Mackey's Well, McFaddens Well, McLaughlin's Well, and Mc Crea's Well.
    Rocks.
    Joe's Rock, Swilly Rock, Ned's Rock, Giant's Rock, Seal Rock, and Badger's Rock.
    Burns
    Nancies Burn, Back Burn Glasagh Burns, Upper Burn, and Lower Burns.
    Fields
    Long Field, Wood Field, Big Home, Wee Home,

  11. Local Cures

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Florence Mc Collum
    Informant
    Mr Bernard Price

    different diseases.
    Roots of "Muggets" were boiled for animals.
    It was said that if there was a frog caught and made squeal that the tooth ache would get better. It was also said that food left behind by a ferret was good for toothache.
    There are Holy wells at which people can get cured. If they go there with crutches it is said they can come away without them.
    There is a well called the Doon well, two miles out of Kilmacrenan.
    "Toban Ná Súl" is good for sore eyes.
    There were three families in Fanad that were never to be made Priests.
    There were McCarron, McConogley and McGrant. When they

  12. Some Local Cures

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Annie Mc Lauughlin
    Informant
    Mrs. C. Duffy

    A cure for swelling is potatoes mashed finely and put to the person's foot or hand or where the jag is. A cure for a sore throat or head is black tea, or for a sore hand a piece of cloth tied around it. A cure for a cold is lemon stewed with sugar. It is said that if you go on the bare feet on Good Friday you will never take the cold that year. Some people get cured of some diseases at some holy well such as Doon Well.
    There is a priest in Carndonagh who can cure some people and the people of the Locality go to him his name is Father Keenan
    I got this essay from Mrs. C. Duffy Drung.
    Annie McLaughlin,
    Drung,
    Quigley's Point
    Via Lifford
    Co. Donegal.

  13. The Hills of Donegal

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Maggie Carr

    break in leaving Donegal.
    IV
    From Derry quay we steamed away the waters calm and still
    Down Lough Foyle our tug did toil to the big ship at Moville.
    Some love to see each tower and tree each ancient lordly hall
    But my thoughts that day been far away on the hills of Donegal.
    V
    Round Tory isle we steamed in style the mainland we could see
    Tall Muckish grand with glistening sand smile over Cruckatée
    Elagh, much more brighter still looked proudly over all
    I heaved a sigh and bade good bye to the hills of Donegal.
    VI
    Amongst those hills St. Columbkille left miracles and cures
    Amid streams and dells and holy wells his power it still endures
    Green Garten cell and the old Doon Well where St Finian's waters fall

  14. Stumpy's Brae

    Language
    English

    The man he up and opened the door,
    And when he had spoken a bit,
    A pedlar man stepped into the floor,
    And doon he tumbled the pack he bore,
    And a richt guid pack was it.

    "God save us A'"
    Quoth the aul' wife wa a smile,
    Bit yours is the thriving trade,
    "Aye, Aye, quoth the pedlar,
    I hav' wnadered many a mile.
    And plenty hae' I made."
    The man sat on by the dull fireside,
    When the pedlar gone to his rest,
    Close to his ear the devil came,
    And slipped into his breast.
    He looked across the fire at his wife,
    And she was as bad as he,
    Could we no' murder this man, this nicht?
    Aye, Aye, very read quoth she.
    He took the pickaxe without a word.
    That stood ahint the door,

  15. (no title)

    Malin - A Bare Hill Crow

    Language
    English

    Malin - a bare hill brow

    Drumcarbit - the "back" of the chariot races
    Templemoyoles
    Templemoyle - the church without a spire
    Magherard - a high plain
    Coill - a wood
    Drumaville - the back or ridge of the leaf
    Trenatubber - the third of land of the well
    Leiter - a stony brae face
    Sludden - a pool
    Trabreige - the deceitful strand.
    Gortnanarren. - the field of the sloes
    Doon - a fort or fairy palace.
    Muff - a plain
    Crackna - Rocky place
    Caramore - the big quarter land
    Glac na brad - the hollow of the gorge or pass
    Letteror - the stoney brae face of the gold
    Ballylin - the town of the pool
    Ballagh - a road (bealach)
    Ballyboe - a good grazing place
    Kilean - a little wood: a little graveyard or little church. In this case little wood is the more probable