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  1. Weeds

    Mary O' Sullivan

    It grows in pastures and also in crops. It spreads rapidly. Long ago the landlords used to travel the land which their tenants had and if they found three buacalláns in any farm they used to take the farm from that tenant

    Dandelion is a common weed with a yellow blossom. It grows in good soil
    Coltsfoot which is known as Spune, grows in tillage and pastures. It has large soft leaves.
    Nettles grow in all sort of soil They are covered with coarse hairs which sting sharply. They are cut up small and given to turkeys

  2. If the summer is going to be a fine one, it is said that the rooks will build their nests very high in the tree-tops.
    There is also a belief that when the coltsfoot comes out in flower. Winter frosts are over.
    Clouds, if they are the best weather guides and prophet. Small and fleecy, with irregular borders, they foretell. Large deep-toned clouds with clean-cut edges mean coming rain, and strong colours herald both wind and rain.
    Indoors, in the early morning , if there is a mist on the bedroom windows, if the soap is dry, and if the bubbles rising from lumps of sugar in tea or coffee rise quickly and break against the side of the cup . The day will be fine.

  3. Herbs

    Denis O' Connor
    Edmond Brosnan

    The most harmful weeds growing in my father's farm are : -

    The Creeping Crowfoot, Bulbous buttercup, Fumitory, Shepherd's Purse, Charlock, Ragged Robin, Curn Cockle, Silver Weed, Field Scabious, Ox-eye Daisy, Coltsfoot (sponck), Ragwort, Knapweed, Thistle Nipplewort, Dandelion, Chickweed, Foxglove, Dock and Nettles.
    Some of these, namely, Silver Weed, Thistle, Dandelion, Dock and Nettles, are very harmful because they spread very rapidly. Land where Docks, Thistles and Nettles grow is supposed to be very rich. Ox-eye Daisies, Nipplewort and Knapweed are a sign of poor pastures.
    Much use is made of Centuary by those who suffer from rheumatism. The roots are cleaned and boiled in

  4. Old Cures

    Helen Hyde

    Bronchitis and Asthma

    Put a handful of Coltsfoot leaves into a quart of water and simmer till reduced to a pint. Strain and pour while hot into a jug where you have placed a sliced lemon. Sweeten to taste with honey or brown sugar. A wineglassful to be taken three or four times a day in all chest of throat troubles.

    Gin and Onion
    Cut a fair sized onion into slices and cover with unsweetened gin. Leave at least for a day before using, do not strain. Brush the hair each night and massage a little of the mixture into the roots with the tips of the fingers. If there is any life in the scalp at all,

  5. Harmful Weeds

    Kitty Higgins
    Mrs O' Driscoll

    The farmers are the constant enemies of the harmful weeds. Some weeds are harmful because they spread rapidly, grow strong quickly, and thus smother the seedlings which the farmers sow. Other impoverish the soil by using up all the manure set out for other plants, to strengthen themselves. Many of such weeds are not to be found in poor soil as they require nourishment which is not to be found in poor land.
    I've heard my father speak of such weeds as the Praiseach Bhuidhe or Charlock, the Buachallan or Ragweed, Sponnc or Coltsfoot, the Feócadán or thistle, the Cupóg or Dock-leaf, the Cois Phréacháin or Crowsfoot, Glúineach; Clúbán; An Géasadán, Broim-fhéar, The Sheep Sorrel; Chickenweed, The Black Buttons; The Cockle Yarrow, Rib-leaf, Grounsel.
    Glúineach: -
    is said to be so called because of the knots on the stem resembling knees.

  6. Cures

    Bríd Ní Mhathúna
    Seán Ó Mathúna

    it dies, the child will have power to cure all diseases.

    A child born after the death of his father has power over fever.
    Wild Sage boiled down and the water used as a drink is good for broken ribs.
    Wild Fire as it was called was cured by means of the blood of a pure black cat.
    If a child had the whooping cough it could be cured by bringing a donkey into the house and passing the child under the donkey three times.
    Fairy Thimble - cure for heart
    Adams Blanket - cure for consumption
    Coltsfoot - cure for Asthma

  7. Unlucky Days


    MONDAY unlucky day for starting career, going to school & college etc
    SUNDAY unlucky day for starting a cure. Considered unlucky for house changing. Unlucky to change from one house, & after-wards return again. Shouldnt according to old tradition, pare your nails on Sunday.
    Harmful weeds. Nettles, Dock-leaves buttter-cup burdock, colts foot ragwort (buacallán buidhe) Ox-eye daisy in meadows. Spread rapidly and impoverish the soil. Thistles sign of good land.
    Cowslips (deficient in lime)
    Herbs grown on rocks (white crusts) used for dying brown. Bottom of bog hole used for dying (black)
    TORMENTILLA used for curing toothache
    Coltsfoot (Leaves used & dried for smoking when tobacco is scarce.

  8. Herbs


    The most harmful weeds growing here are - the creeping thistle, the dock, the buachalán buidhe and the nettle. They smother the growing crop and are unsightly.
    The thistle and fern grow where there is a good depth of soil. Gabhal-luachair and rushes grow on wet, poor, land.
    Caisearbhán-cos-dearg drawn like tea and used instead of tea is a remedy for liver complaints.
    Slánlus chewed and applied to a cut will stop the bleeding. The juice found in the flowering part of the dock-leaf before it bursts its sheath will cure the sting of a nettle. The sheath can be used as a protection for sore lips.
    "Three feeds of nettles in May will keep the doctor away". Pound the warts plant between two stones and rub the juice to warts to banish them. Bainne-cice-na-néan was pounded between stones at the ford of a stream in order to poison the fish. The clúrachán-prátaí were cooked and eaten as a great rarity.
    Spúnc (Coltsfoot) was cured and smoked by the

  9. Weeds

    Mary O' Sullivan

    Names The following are the commonest weeds found in this locality (1) Chickenweed (2) Reelie (3) Bramier (4)Praiseac Duide (5) Cupág or Dock (6) Curicífiadain (7) Bainnefiadain
    (8) Nettles, (9) Cackles, (10) Hemlock
    (11) Ragwort, (12) Saffron, (13) Garlic (14) Charlock, (15) Coltsfoot, (16) Rushes
    (17) Scutch grass, (18) Dandelion
    (19) Thistles, (20) Dodder,
    (21) Red Rattle (22) Yellow Rattle,
    (23) Buacallán (24) Gaosadán
    (25) gruana (26) crubán (27) Sheep's saddle (29) Meacan Dá caba

    Harm These weeds are harmful because (1) They reduce the yield of crops by taking up space which would otherwise be taken up by useful crops

  10. 1. Lus na gCnámh: (Comfrey) An luibh seo do bheiriú, ceirín de dhéanamh dhi, agus í chur ar chois leointa, nú ar aon chuid eile don chabhail a bheadh leointe.
    2. Miont Fiadhain: (Mint) Do bheiriú agus an t-uisge a scagadg i soithigh eigin agus é ól. B'in leigheas ar thinneas goile.
    3. Ruithéal Ríogh: (Herb Robert) Leighisfeadh té déanta den luibh seo bbreoidhteacht ae.
    4. Biolar Trágha: Té do dhéanamh leis an gcarrán bú biolar tragha (Scurvy grass) agus é ól. Leighiseann sé dathacha.
    5. Cluas Liat: (Coltsfoot) Té d'ól a bheadh déanta de'n eidhean nú cluas liath, leighiseann sé aidíd na seamhóg.
    6. Bruitíneach: Aoileach na gcaorach do bheiriú i mbainne agus an deoch d'ól.
    7. Losca: Ceirín de bhualtraigh do chur ar an áit loiscithe.
    8. Craosgalar: (Thrush) Duine d'fhághail a béarfaí t'réis báis a athar agus anál an duine sin do shéide seacht n-uaire

  11. Luibheanna agus Leighiseanna

    Risteárd Ó Motharua
    Maighistreás 'ic Shíthe

    5. Cluas Liath (coltsfoot) Téa d'ól a bheadh déanta den eidhean nú cluasliath, leighiseann sé Aicíd na Scamhóg

    6. Bruitíneach: Aoileach na gcaorach do bheiriú i mbainne agus an deoch san d'ól

    7. Losca: Ceirín de bhualtraig do chur ar an áit loiscithe

    8. Craosgalar: (thrush) Duine d'fagháil a béarfaí tréís báis a athar agus anál an duine sin do shéide seacht n-uaire imbéal an duine thinn

    9. Triuch: An duine go mbeadh air, do chur trí h-uaire os cionn agus fé láir asail
    10. Nó uisce d'ól as sruth a bheadh ag sní ódheas idir dhá bhaile fearainn,
    (Tá mórán leighisean in uisce teorann M Ó'C)

    11. Aicíd na gcearbh ( ? ngearb M Ó'C ) nu clamh (Scurvy) Eirbeal cait duibh do ghearra agus an fhuil do chimilt don áit tinn.

    12. Liath-bhuidhe (jaundice) Giota de chluais gabhair do chur ar chórda agus é cheangal de mhuineál an duine thinn.

    (Risteárd Ó Motarua. O.S. an Dúinín do fuair iad so ó Mháíghistreás 'ic Shíthe ar an mBán Íseal. Tá leighiseanna eile do bhailig Conchubhar Ó Coileáin le léighe ar leathanach 131 den leabhar so. M Ó'C)

  12. Herbs and Cures

    Rose Hickey
    Mr J. Hickey

    Comfrey ;- Boil this herb, put splints of it to any sore part of the foot or body and it will be cured.
    Mint ;- Boil this herb, strain the juice and drink it. This is a cure for stomach trouble.
    Herb Robert ;- Tea made of this plant cures liver or heart trouble.
    Coltsfoot boiled and drunk is a cure for lung trouble.
    To get a cure for Thrush. Get a person who was born after his father's death and get him to blow his breath seven times into the mouth of the person affected with the Thrush.
    Triuch;- Put the person who is affected three times over and three times under a she-ass.
    Scurvy;- Cut the tail of a black cat and rub the blood to the sore place.
    Jaundice. Cut off a bit of a goat's ear and hang it by a string to the neck of the person affected.

  13. Harmful Weeds

    Kitty Higgins
    Mrs O' Driscoll

    The Cos Préacáin or Crowsfoot
    is said to be so called because its leaves resemble a crows foot. Its flower is called the Buttercup.
    is regarded by the farmers as being a very bad weed. It is a kind of a grass and its roots are like little onions.
    Praiseach Bhuidhe or Charlock
    is said to live in a field for a score years and after that time it dies. Its blossoms are yellow.
    Black Buttons
    are relished by horses.
    Groundsel seeds
    are favourities with linnets[?]
    The seeds of the dock-leaf when ripe and mixed with the horse's food is a cure for broken wind.
    Seamer, Wild Vetches, and wild clover grow only in good soil. Seamer is a kind of grass. Ferns grow in poor soil.
    Sponnc or Coltsfoot
    is so called because its leaf resembles a colt's hoof.

    Poisonous Plants
    Bainne Cíoch Éan
    is poisonous. Its root contains[?] a white milky fluid which is poisonous.

  14. Local Cures

    Willie J. Daly
    Thomas Fitzgerald

    Blue Mallow:- For coughs and colds.
    Bogbean:- for liver trouble.
    Wild carrot:- Is a cure for dropsy.
    Chestnut leaves:- great for convulsions.
    Coltsfoot:- an effective cough remedy.
    Elder leaves:- for epilepsy.
    Golden rod:- for weakness of stomach.
    Ground Ivy:- for skin diseases.
    Horehound:- for colds and coughs.
    Irish Moss:- for chest and bronchial affections.
    Marsh Mallow:- for colds and bronchitis.
    Meadowsweet:- for diarhoea.
    Birch Bark:- for eczema.
    Willow Bark:- for diarhoea.
    Witch hazed Bark:- external wounds
    Celery:- for rheumatism.
    Nettle seed:- for chest affections.
    Mistletoe:- for hysteria.
    Celandine:- for jaundice.
    Marigold flowers :- For fevers.
    Rub a fasting spit to the wart in the morning. then stick a shellimedy to a hawthorn bush and if it will be there for three mornings the warts will be cured.
    The Milk Warts is good also for curing warts.
    The leaving of ferret's milk is good for whooping