The names of the weeds most common in our district are ÷ Bishop weed, Nettle weed, Docken weed; Thistle weed; Dandelion and Crowfoot. The bishop weed is the worst, because it smothers and sometimes kills the plants when it gets into the garden. There are cures in some of the weeds such as ÷ The roots of the nettle have a cure for the measles; The docken has a cure for a sting from the nettle; The dandelion is, according to the old fables, supposed to tell the time of day.
The sting of a nettle is very very painful. It causes white dots to appear on the infected part of the skin. The people of Ireland long ago, when would get stiong by a nettle, used to get a docken leaf and rub the infected part with the juice of the stem, saying while doing so, "Docken, docken, cure a nettle, take the sting away and throw it across the Red Sea. This they said three times and then fastened it to the infected part until the sting went.
- Martin Sullivan