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  1. Herbs

    Language
    English
    Informant
    Martin Sullivan
    Age
    60

    There are many kinds of herbs such as the Dandelion and the nettle and several others which are used for many purposes. The nettle is given to young ducks and turkeys as it is very good food. The milk of the Dandelion is a very good cure for warts. The dandelion is used in every medicine, it is also used for making wine. The dandelion has a big leaf because it has a big name.

    There is a herb called the garr it kills sheep if they eat it as it is all poisoin. The garlic plant has a cure for a bad cold. The onion plant is like the garlic plant. The skin's of onions and the moss of a rock and the moss of a tree when mixed to-gether can dye-clothes. There is a little red plant and when boiled it is a cure for a horse that has a cough. Long ago the old people used the dock-leaf as a cure for a sting from a nettle. There is also a cure in the nettle for a sore back If a person get the roots of the nettle and wash them very clean, then boil them and drink the juice.

  2. Herbs

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Mary Walsh
    Informant
    Pat Crean
    Age
    68

    Herbs are most harmful weeds which grow in our farm are the nettle, docket, cumprí, cille Phádhraic, applemint, garlac and rib grass. the juice of a boiled nettle will cure measles if it drank and if it is drank in the month of March it is supposed to protect all rashes from coming on the skin throughout the year.The docket is cure for a nettle scorch if it is rubbed on the affected place. The cumprí is a tall weed with white flowers. If it is washed and scraped and put into a cloth and applied to the wound it will heal it. The cille Phádhraic is a broad green leaf and it is also used for sores. Garlac is supposed to kill worms if it is eaten. Rib grass is supposed to cure a "feileamhnach"

  3. Herbs

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Seán Mac Dhómhnaill

    There are many harmful weeds growing on my father's farm. These are, the nettle, thistle, the capóg, the buchallán, the farbán, the dandyline, and the crádán. They are harmful, because they smother the crops, and take away the food from them.
    There are some herbs, which grow only in good land, such as, the nettle, the thistle, the capóg, the buachallán, and the crádán. In poor land the farbán grows.
    The nettle is a cure for measles. They are boiled, sugar is added, and the juice is drank by the person who has the disease. If a person got a burn from a nettle, by rubbing the capóg of it, it would cure it. The crádán is used as a cure for a rash. They are boiled and the juice is drank. The dandyline is a cure for heart trouble.
    The ass eats the thistle for food, and the copógs, and fuarán, are boiled for pigs.

  4. Common Weeds

    Language
    English

    Common Weeds
    These are some of the weeds that I know dockets, nettles, eraoón, red rinch, thistle, buacalán, bliscán, dandelion, chicken weed, coltfoot, samsóg, fuarán, clunán, Cruach Patrick leaf, and the blind nettle. The people used to boil nettles for cures. They say that if you boil nettles three times each Spring and drink the juice you will not get sick the rest of the year. The red rinch is a weed that grows in oats and potatoes. The thistle is a bad weed because it poverges the soil. The docket(s) is often used for the sting of a nettle. The Fuarán is sometimes given to pigs when the people have no potatoes. Cruach Patrick leaf is used for sore throats. They boil it and let it cool and put it to the throat. It is also used for sore eyes. The blind nettle is a bad weed because if hens eat it they die.

  5. Herbs in this Locality

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Mary Blake
    Informant
    Mr Joyce

    The most harmful herbs or weeds growing on our land are the thistle, copogue and nettle. The thistle grows mostly on sandy land. It has a stem that grows to the height of two or three feet if allowed to ripen. It also throws out thorny leaves about five or six inches long. When ripe it forms round little thorny balls on the top. These balls contain the seed that produces the plant the following year. The nettle also grows to a great height in some places four or five feet high.
    This weed is to be found mostly along old walls where the land has not been cultivated for years. It is very hurtful to the touch especially if you handle it lightly. There is a simple cure for it and the cure is to get a copogue and put it up to the sting. Some people make use of the nettle in may ways. One of

  6. Herbs

    Language
    English
    Collector
    John Noone
    Informant
    Mrs Noone
    Age
    56

    There are a number of harmful herbs growing on our farm at home. The following are some of them. The hemlock. The nettle the dock leaf. The hemlock grows in very rich land and along fences. This weed poisons hens ducks or anything that will eat it. This plant grows about three feet in height and puts out green blossoms.
    The nettle is very good plant for fattening ducks or turkeys. This weed grows in bunches in sheltry places. If we touch the nettle it stings us and leaves a red mark after it. The dock leaf if rubbed hard into these marks lessens the sting.

  7. Herbs

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Paddy Keher
    Informant
    John Keher
    Age
    50

    The buachallán, the ferrybawn, the dock, the nettle, and the rush. Garlic is a cure for a soar neck. People go down to the rivers on a Summer's evening and pull water cress for their tea. Broom is a cure for a pain in the back or a soar [sic] in the stomach. The garlic is good for a dog that has the fits or a for a cow or a calf that has a worm in his tail. The buacaill an tíge is a cure for a cow or a sheep that has a sore eye. The herbs that are harmful to the land are the thistle, the buachallán, the black-head, and the nettle. The ays ivy is a cure for corns. They old people say that any place that St Patrick walked or went they say that the cabbage grows.

  8. Herbs

    Language
    English
    Collector
    John Mc Donagh
    Informant
    Walter Mc Donagh
    Age
    50

    Herbs.
    The herbs that are harmful to the land are the thistle and the buachallán and the nettle. When you get scorched by a nettle rub docks to it. There is a cure in garlic for

  9. Weeds and Herbs

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Tomás Ó Leonard
    Informant
    (name not given)

    Amongst the weeds that grow on the farm at home the Copog, The Clútháin, and the Fearabhán Those are the names of the weeds that grow on the farm. The chick-weed, the clúthán the Thistle, the nettle, The Copog the Comfory, the Fearabán. The Fearabán is harmful because it makes the soil around it poor. Nothing near it grows well. The Copog is harmful because it spreads rapidly. If you take the leaves off it they will be on again in a day. Unless you take the root and all. The nettle and the thistle only grow in poor land. The chick-weed

  10. Weeds and Herbs

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Mike Staunton

    The most harmful weeds growing on our land are the Fearbán and the dock. They are harmful becuase they bother spread and impoverished the soil, and it is with great difficulty they can be got out. Two other weeds that grow on land are the Búacallán and the chicken weed. These are not so distructive but they spread fairly quickly. The chicken weed bolled and put on as a pultice is a cure for putting down swellings. The nettle and thistle grow non the land also. The thistle grows only in good land and the rushes grow only in bad wet, moory land. The nettle juice is a cure for the measles

  11. Herbs

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Éinrí Ó Chearbhaill

    was not the magic words effected the cure. The alkali in the dock leaves neutralises the acid from the nettle.

  12. Herbs and Weeds

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Paddy Kelly
    Informant
    Thomas Kelly
    Age
    53

    for black leg. The root of the male fern is a cure for tape worm and fluke. The nettle is used for food and also for a cure. When a nettle is boiled it is a cure for measles. It's also given to young ducks and pigs and other animals. The thistle grows in rich land. It never grows in poor land. There are other herbs for food called pot herbs. There names are chives, sage, mint. camomile, savoury and horse radish.

  13. Cures

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Maighréad Ní Neachtáin
    Informant
    Bean T. Uí Neachtáin

    ache. A hair out of a dog that bit you is a cure for a sore head. A dockleaf is a cure for a sting of an nettle cream will also cure a sting of an nettle. Blue will cure a sting of a bee. A person who never saw their father can cure a sore mouth. The seventh son will cure ring worm. If you have a thorn in your finger put it in to a bottle nearly full of hot water and it will take it out. A child suffering from whooping cougf is held over hot tar and it will cure it. Whiskey punch with hot lemon in it is good for bringing out the measles. A hot linseed poultice is good

  14. Luibheanna

    Language
    Mixed
    Collector
    Willie Walsh

    Fuaráns and docks are supposed to be good for pigs. Dock juice, if rubbed of a nettle sting it gives it ease.

  15. Herbs

    Language
    English
    Collector
    William Jackson
    Informant
    Sam Jackson
    Age
    53

    Buacalán is a big plant. There comes a yellow flower on it. Gloserlane grows on bad land and it is poison. Hemlock grows along ditches, it is a green plant and has a white flower, it will poison the young goslings. Chickenweed is found in the potato drills, it is sometimes used to feed pigs. They put water in a big pot, when it is boiling meal is added and then the chickenwee is mixed through the gruel. Nettles are boiled and given to young turkeys and ducks, nettle tea is a cure for Rheumatic. Ferabawn mixed with fresh butter and boiled is used as a cure for the "Rose". Robin-run-the-Hedge grows in the hedge, it is also used in the curer for the "Rose". Cowfoot grows in the potatoe drills. Farian grows along ditches. Dandelions have a yellow flower, the white staff which comes out of the stem will cure warts. Dockins cure the nettle sting, children rub a dockin leave to the sting and say "Dockin in, and nettle out". They grow everywhere.

    Sam Jackson
    Newtownwhite
    Aged 53 years
    William Jackson
    Newtownwhite

  16. A Fort

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Edward Lavin
    Informant
    Michael Lavan
    Age
    50

    three men were coming from visiting and there was a fort near where they were passing, and there was also an old sand-pit. One of the men, got thrown into the pit and the other two on top of him. This man had cut away part of the fort. People say it is not lucky to tamper with forts.
    One night Pat Lasey was coming home from a neighbour's house. A white horse and a car passed him out on the way. When it had passed out in front of him it disappeared.

    The herbs that are harmful to the land are the thistle the baracattar and the nettle. When you get scorched by a nettle rub docks to it. There is a cure in garlic for

  17. Herbs

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Frank Kirrane

    There are many weeds which are destructive to the crops. The aineach, samsog, dock, thistle, coltsfoot, nettle and chicken weed are the commonest. All these spread rapidly and choke up the plant. Others are poisonous like the hemlock eaten only by goats and ragwart eaten by sheep.
    The uses obtained out of plants and herbs were many. Nettles, cut up were given to young turkeys. Beer was also made out of them. Docks were cut up, boiled and given to pigs. They are also useful for stopping the pain of the nettle's sting. The dandelion, a little yellow flower was used for curing headaches and other minor complaints.

  18. Herbs

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Seán Ó Gairibhith
    Age
    13
    Informant
    John Garvey
    Age
    50
    Occupation
    farmer

    There are many harmful herbs. Such herbs as the boocooloons and the thistle and the dock leaf, the nettle the red rench. These are the chief pests which grow in crops and spoil the crops such as oats and wheat, and other growing crops. The nettle grows in poor land. But some farmers say that the boocooloon grows in good land where the soil is rich and fertile

    There are herbs which grow in grass lands and there are great cures in them Such as the Ghlas a choille, which is a cure for rash and other kinds of sores which comes on the shins. It is boiled with unsalted butter and changed in to a kind of paste. This plant when growing is about nine inches in height and the leaves grow small and green and afterwards a berry comes on top of it. It grows in stony land. Some of these herbs are very good for cattle and others are poison to animals and kill them. A herb called the fuarán it is

  19. Herbs

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Noreen Prendergast

    There are a good lot of herbs that do harm to land. They are the nettle, the thistle, and the docket. The docket is the worst of them, as it smothers the crops.
    The only herbs that grows on good land is the ''yarra''. It is a cure for rheumatism. It is boiled in water and then one can drink it. The docket leaf is a cure for a nettle scorch. The buachaill - a - tíghe is a cure for sore eyes. The dandelion is a cure for a bad liver. The bark of an alder is a cure for a burn. The dockleaves and

  20. Herbs

    Language
    English
    Collector
    John Joe Nyland
    Informant
    Mrs Nyland

    There were many herbs long ago such as the dandelion, the camomile, the comfry the glais a codladh. The dandelion is used for stomach trouble. The camomile or camomile tea is used for a cough or asthma. The comfry is used for sores. The glais a cocladdh is used for a swollen foot called feloon. It is mixed with unsalted butter.
    The root of a nettle if well boiled is used for the measles. It is also given to young ducks to drink. The wrench grows in the oats and potatoes and it is very harmful to the crop. The docket leaf is used for a scorch of a nettle. It