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Proverbs
A wet May and a dry June leaves the farmers whistling a merry tune.
When the old cock crows the young cock learns.
Always cut your coat according to your cloth.
As the twig is bent so is the tree.
Kind words are good but kind deeds are better.
Great minds think alike.
The early bird catches the worm.
A friend in need is a friend indeed.
Growing to the ground like a cows tail.
All on one side like Ballytivenan.
As crooked as a rams horn. As proud as a peacock.
As stiff as a mules hind leg.
As clumsy as an elephant. as graceful as a swan.
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Perhaps two or three songs are sung.
The woman or man of the house usually gives them some money - anything from a penny to a shilling, when they are about to leave.
They are always thankful for what they receive.
Each house in the district is visited and with the money they receive they buy sweets, cakes and fruit and have a merry feast.
The custom is alas beginning to die out. Some years ago grown ups went around as 'Brigidogs' and their visits were enjoyed.
They often went out nightly for a week or more; but now only children share in the fun.
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2019-08-26 08:33
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have boarded ceilings and floors.
these on-story cottages have two chimneys one on either of the inner gables; two entrances one on the front and the other on the back of the Kitchen.
Two four paned windows are on each apartment.
The fire in the kitchen is on the hearth but most have grates with mantle boards in the rooms. The kitchen floor is of cement but in other houses the rooms have boarded floor and ceilings.
The fuel used is peat which burns brightly when placed on the hearth.
The turf is cut on the slopes of Benbulben mountain which is about four miles distance.
Mary brennan Age:13yrs
Derry,
Moneygold,
Co. Sligo.
None of the inhabitants speak Irish and only two women ; are over seventy years of age.
This district must have been dense forest once, as the townland show.
Derry, Gortaderry, Moneygold, Kilcat and Ciltycere adjoin.
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2019-08-26 08:20
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My Home District
I live in the townland of Derry, in the Parish of Ahamlish in the County of Sligo and in the Barney of Carbery. There are eight families in the townland and about forty people.The name most common is Mc Sharry.
The townland is low-lying fertile land which runs north and south about three quarters of a mile from the Derry bridge to the main road.
Most of the houses are situated on the west side of the road. In olden times (where Eddie Sweeney's house now stands) this old townland was situated x
Until the present "Housing Scheme" came into force all the houses were thatched with the exception of one, they were one-storey thatched cottages having three apartments, a kitchen and two rooms. But within the past two years the houses have been altered. They have now slated roofs, large four paned windows and all apartments
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2019-08-26 08:10
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It is said one should never refuse a good price offered for any animal whether for sale or not: if you do some ill-luck will befall it.
It is said that if many people admire an animal and talk much about it that they will overlook it and some misfortune will befall it.
If a knife falls on the floor: it is a sign that a male visitor.
If a spoon falls; it is a sign that a lady visitor is to call.
If the cock crows after sunset; it is a sign of a death.
If you have two spoons in your teacup it is a sign that you will attend a Christening.
If your glove falls you will get a disappointment; but he who picks it up will get an introduction to a stranger.
If the broom falls across the doorstep; the first that enters is your enemy.
If a dog cries in his sleep; it is a sin of a visitor.
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2019-08-26 08:01
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If there are openings to be seen in the West and they cross over Innishmurray ; it is a sign of frost and dry weather (Innishmurray - seven miles from Streedagh Point; Sligo)
If there are openings to be seen over Donegal it is a sign of a storm on sea.
If you see a rainbow in the evening stretching from North to South it is a sign of rainy weather.
If the sky is clear and very blue in colour it is a sign of good weather.
If a black mist comes in over Benbulben it is a sign of the day being bad.
If a nice white mist comes over Benbulben; and if it crosses over the side of Benbulben towards Sligo the following day will be good and dry..
If Benbulben looks near at hand it is a bad sign.
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2019-08-15 13:01
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they indicate gossip: if they are in a cluster in the centre they indicate money.
Tea leaves floating on the surface of cup of tea have two meanings: If they are round and hard they indicate visitors, a long black one a tall dark visitor or a light brown one a fair haired visitor. Flat tealeaves indicate letters.
If a pot or kettle over a fire gives a loud crack without any reason it is a sign that a stranger will call.
The day you wash a sugar-bowl you may expect a stranger.
On a New-Year's Day nothing should be put out of the house until something new or fresh is brought in. "Never through out the old until you bring in the new" is the old saying.
One should never give away new milk without putting a pinch of salt in it.
It is said that if you don't the butter can be taken from your milk.
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2019-08-15 11:01
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coffin at a
funeral when the coffin is been carried, it is a sign that another person of the same family will die soon.
If the corpse limber when being put overboard; it is a sign that another member of the same family will die soon.
"Find a pin and pick it up. All the day you'll have good luck"
If you get a threepenny piece in change it is a sign of a disappointment.
If you keep a threepenny piece in change its a sign of a disappointment.
If you keep a purse made of weasel skin; you will never be without money.
If you find a hair-pin on the road it is a sign that you will meet an admirer: if it is rusted it will be an old admirer: if it is new it will be a new admirer.
Bubbles floating on your cup of tea have two meanings; if they are scattered or around the edge of the cup
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2019-08-15 10:51
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Omens
(If a black smoking sod fell from the fire) After putting down a fresh fire x it is a sign that you are going to meet a dark haired stranger.
If a spoon falls after tea time; it is a sign of a lady stranger to see you.
If three coals fall it is a sign of three strangers coming.
If there is a wisp of hay or straw attached to a hen's claw it is a sign of a stranger.
If two men mix their hair after getting a trim; it is said they will have to come back when they die and separate every bit of it.
It is said that if you see the new moon through glass you will have trouble throughout the duration of that moon.
It is said that if you sow on a Sunday you will have to come back after death and rip every stitch of it with your teeth.
If the hearse is before the
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2019-08-04 21:07
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Told by
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2019-08-04 21:03
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for a wedding. When when they arrived they were amazed to see the hut in which he lived and they asked him to explain himself. The Lord of Benbo told them that his "knees" were his table. He had potatoes and salt for dinner every day.
His knees he would not sell for all the money in England and 'salt' was the taste of all meals.
The soldiers that guarded his castle were two goats, and their weapons of defence were their long horns.
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About seventy years ago there lived an old man in a small hut on the side of the benbo mountains. He was known as the "Lord of Benbo".
He sometimes visited Sligo and on such occasions some kind neighbour gave him a seat on a cart. He played on a flute as he went along.
A gentleman in London heard wonderful stories of this Lord of Benbo and decided to give his daughter in marriage to him.
So he sent to him for details of his castle and estate. He replied saying that all the money in England would not buy his table. And that the taste of all meats was on it every day in the week.
He also said that his castle was guarded by two stalwart soldiers who had splendid weapons of defence.
The lady was charmed with this account. Two men were sent to Ireland to make arrangements
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2019-08-03 19:54
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A Fairy Story
One day a lot of men were out hunting and the dogs saw a hare and ran after it. As they were coming near an old house one of the dogs bit the hare and it jumped through the window. The dogs and some of the men went in but all they could see was an old woman sitting down by the fire with her hand bleeding.
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2019-08-03 19:44
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Fairy Meeting Places
1. The path along the football pitch.
2. The old Watch House.
3. The Lower Rosses Point.
4. Gregg Connell.
5. The fairy fort is situated where the cannon guns stand.
6. In Kilgallons field there was a bush but it was broken.
7. A field in Lower Rosses where a man seen fairies playing hurley.
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2019-08-03 19:40
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During the hunt for him they recognised him. When they brought him home they saw that he was wearing shoes without a bit of dirt on them and their boots were all muck and the man had a whistle in his hand.
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2019-08-03 19:37
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Fairy Stories
One dark night in Winter and the country side was after being engaged in a storm. Two brothers in Lower Rosses Point were out in the fields after cattle when they heard a whistle blowing. They heard it again and again and went to where it was blowing and they could see no one and they heard blowing again.
They looked towards where they heard it blowing and they could make out the figure of a man and they went to where they saw him, but when they got there the man was in another place, and he was blowing the whistle all the time. They could see him going through the streams and the shucks of water, lucky for them they had top boots on them. Once they thought he would kill himself for he stood on the very edge of the skelp and he still kept blowing the whistle all the time. After two hours they got him and he began arguing with them that they were leading him the wrong way, and at last he went home with them.
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2019-07-30 19:13
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weight, twice the length of himself. He resided somewhere convenient to Riverstown and died some forty or so years ago at the age of 99 years.
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2019-07-30 19:11
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Local Heroes
Through-out the world, there is not a place or country, in which there is not some hero or warrior.
Some years ago in my own parish, there lived a man, named Pat Burke who was noted for his swift running and also for weight-throwing. It is said that he often caught a hare or a rabbit, by merely running after it. He could also through a heavy
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2019-07-30 19:05
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Long ago there were national schools in which the children were taught. A man named Patrick Connor lived in the townland of Tunnagh. He was a soldier and had such a (very) bad memory that he forgot his own name. At last his name was found and two men from Dublin came in search of him. After that he volunteered to teach any children of the district who would give him a penny a day. He held the school in an outhouse of his own. Each child brought a couple of sods of turf with him, each morning, on its way to school, sometimes to sit on, and also for a fire. This lasted five or six years.
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2019-07-30 19:04
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Long ago there were national schools in which the children were taught. A man named Patrick Connor lived in the townland of Tunnagh. He was a soldier and had such a (very) bad memory that he forgot his own name. At last his name was found and two men from Dublin came in search of him. After that he volunteered to teach any children of the district who would give him a penny a day. He held the school in an outhouse of his own. Each child brought a couple of sods of turf with him, each morning, on its way to school, sometimes to sit on, and also for a fire. This lasted five or six years.
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2019-07-30 18:57
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Old Schools 20:1:28
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2019-07-30 18:53
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the well namely scapulars, beads and medals.In doing the station at it, the five decades of the rosary have to be said, and any other prayers one likes.
The water of it is drunk and is always carried home. There is no fish in the well. The old people say she was a sister of Saint Lasser. This story was told to me by my father and is a very old one.
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2019-07-30 18:45
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A Holy Well
There is a holy well on the Geevagh mountain called Tobar Eilib. The patron saint of the well wa Eilib. She lived for years in a little hut built with rude stones and the roof covered with thatch. People go on pilgrimage to it every year from the 15th of August to the eighth of September. It is a very small spring rising on the top of the mountain.
There is nothing around it but heather and bill-berry bushes.
There is a great view from this place, on a clear day you could see a number of lakes namely, Lough Arrow, Lough Key and many others.There is a lot of religious emblems thrown about.
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2019-07-27 10:17
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Grange there was a mill into which flannel and blankets and quilts were put when woven.
Here they were thickened.
The mill was worked by the water of the river which flowed beside it.
The flannel was used for men's under-garments and sleeve waistcoats:
These waistcoats were white with grey frieze in the sides and sleeves.
My Grandfather and all the men of his time wore them.
My Father and Mother that told me this.
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2019-07-27 10:10
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Linen-making and flannel
People long ago made linen from flax in this district.
When ripe the flax was plucked and put down in a bog-hole for three weeks. It was then lifted and dried.
The girls around the place, scutched it with scutching handles, beetled it with wash-staffs and hackled it, that is separated the tow from the finer part which was then spun into yarn.
The yarn was sent to the weaver who lived near-hand and he made a web of linen whatever size was required.
The women bleached it and then it was as white as snow.
Table cloths, sheets, pillow-cases, towels and men's shirts were made out of this linen. The women also did this and were proud of their work.
A table cloth, some sheets and pillow cases were the usual presents given by the mother to their daughter when getting married.
How the young women prized these!
Nothing could vex one more than if anyone with dirty hands or shoes soiled these fine articles.
At James McLean's near
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2019-07-21 19:10
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Festival customs
of Brigid's Eve
Brigid Og night as the eve of St.Brigid's day is called in this district is celebrated here by the young people of the place in the following manner.
Boys and girls dress themselves up in old clothes and false faces or masks to disguise them they go around from house to house they call themselves "Bride Ogs"
Sometimes they dress up a stick like a little girl and this - Bride Og they carry around with them.
On arriving at any particular house they knock on the door and in a changed voice one- the leader ; calls out "Any welcome for the Bride Og?" If they are made welcome they lift the latch and enter.
They bring with them some kind of musical instrument, violin, mouthorgan or flute and to the music of this they dance reels or jigs or perhaps a figure dance - always Irish dances.
Then someone sings an Irish song - in English tho'
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2019-07-21 14:46
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My Home District
I live in the townland of Grogagh, in the Parish of Ahamlish in the County of Sligo and the Bareny of Carbery. There are eleven families in the townland, and about fifty people.The family name most common is that of Feeney.
The townland lies along a high ridge of fertile land which runs East to West for about half a mile. Almost all the families are situated on the Northern slope of this ridge. Long ago this townland was situated where John Feeney's house now stands.
Until the present "Housing Scheme" came into force all the houses with one exception were one-storey thatched cottages having three apartments - a kitchen and two rooms. The one exception was a two-storey building-three apartments on the ground floor and three on the top floor. This
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2019-07-21 14:34
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You never miss the water till the well goes dry.
Practice what you preach.
Laugh and the worlds laughs with you: weep and you weep alone.
Feast and your halls are crowded;
Fast and the world goes by.
A word is enough for a wise man.
Man proposes but God disposes.
Too many cooks spoil the broth.
New kings, new rules.
Look before you leap.
Better late than never.
A penny worth of law is enough for anyone.
Silence is golden.
Keep an open ear but a closed mouth.
Birds of a feather flock together.
Let sleeping dogs lie.
Marry in haste and repent at leisure.
Think twice before you speak once.
Handsome is who handsome does.
A swarm of bees in May is worth a load of hay; A swarm of bees in June is worth a silver spoon.
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2019-07-21 14:25
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When the old cock crows the young cock learns.
A penny for your thoughts.
I'll got , i'll gone.
A new broom sweeps clean.
Hills look green far away.
Cheat me once , shame on you;
Cheat me twice, shame on me.
Three are always good to keep a secret when two are away.
Let not the shoemaker go before the shoe.
The long way around is the short way home.
A rolling stone gathers mo moss.
What's sauce for the gander is sauce for the goose.
Silence gives consent.
The devils' a busy bishop in his diocese.
"Hame is hamly" as the devil said when he found himself in the law-court.
April and May keep away from the sea.
June and July dip to your eye.
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2019-07-18 08:35
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Tales of the Famine Times
Told by Annie Cullen.
The great famine that was in Ireland in 1847, was caused by the potato failure. It happened during the reign of Queen Victoria. She was known as the Famine Queen.
It was then the Indian meal was brought into Ireland.
It was known by the name of the yellow or relief meal. Two millions of Irish died of hunger before this meal was allowed in. Food was sent to Ireland from all over the world, but the English would not allow it in to the country.
A man from Calry went to Sligo one day and he sold a crib of turf for three loaves. When he was coming near Ballinode people were lying in the quarry there dying of starvation. He gave them the loaves of bread to eat.
The potatoes were not so bad
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2019-07-18 08:24
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Another version of the same story
When Sir Fredrick Hamilton's Castle in Manorhamilton was set on fire, the women and children were given permission to leave the castle.
Mrs Hamilton asked if she could take a parcel. On being told she could do so, she returned and packed Sir Fredrick in a bag (he was a very small man) and carried him on her back to safety.
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7.
When I left you dear Sligo the ocean was silent
The young lambs were skipping along the green shore.
I took the last prospect of my dear native Ireland,
Lofty Benbulbin and the plains of Bowmore.
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I then looked with sorrow on the moon that was sleeping
On the bright river's bosom off Curwillick mill,
And I wept on the deck as the billows were sweeping
Musing on nature and my native Lough Gill.
Composed by Roger Burns
in Montreal. (1840)
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4.
When the tear of long absence on my pale cheek reposes,
And loiters down lonely both heavy and chill,
When I think I'm exiled from the morning red roses
That blush through the scenes of my native Lough Gill.
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But why do I mourn for the friends I have parted
My dear native village it lives for me still
But yet there is something that leaves me broken hearted,
I think it's for parting my native Lough Gill
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The wood doves be silent through Canadian wild bushes,
As lonely I wander on this foreign shore,
And sigh for the notes of the blackbirds and thrushes.
Father and Mother who will see me no more.
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2019-07-18 07:58
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1.
You dark rolling billows that part me from Erin,
And leave me to mourn your charms for ever,
Now cease from your clamour whilst I am preparing
A song from my home by the St Laurence river.
2.
I'm an emigrant stranger to yon star that's beaming,
And my home remaineth beneath yonder green hill.
But here I am wailing and the big tear is streaming,
Musing on nature and my native Lough Gill.
3.
Oh: why did my fancy ever lead me to wander
In this western world my days to decline?
Or leave the green groves where the willows meander
to seek my promotion in a far distant clime
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are also to be seen here and it is supposed that a community of nuns - The Grey Sisters, lived there and owned a stretch of land called Lauavegh.
Where the lake now stands was over a big field field [?] Mor owned by the chieftains Omra and [?]. Those were killed in battle and buried under the large Cairn (from which Cairns gets its name).
A well covered by a lid was in this field. One day a girl went to draw water and forgot to replace the lid. The water flowed out and covered the whole field and the old town of Sligo.
When Sligo Abbey was being attacked the monks threw the sacred vessels into the lake to prevent their disecration hoping to recover them at a later date. They were never recovered and it is said that the bells which were thrown in at the same time ring before an accident takes place on the lake or before any calamity befalls the people in the surrounding areas.
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Prayers for "Rounds"
Take off your shoes and stockings and walk to the altar.
* Say 5 Paters, 5 Aves, 5 Glorias at the altar, the same over at the well and the same at the Mass Rock (one round) cross the stream*
Repeat * * twice.
Over well say 7 Paters, 7 Aves, 7 Glorias.
Return to the altar and recite the Rosary - 15 mysteries.
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2019-07-13 22:19
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the Wicklow mountains to gather the herbs. She boiled the herbs, kept the water a burnt the boiled herbs. She kept the dried herbs and several vessels of liquid in a dairy or barn, which was always locked. When the illness was explained to her, she got a bottle went off by herself [?] compounded the medicine.
The present owner of the cure is not as good as she was. There's an old saying which says "Every generation is weaker than the last". The neighbours got cattle, horses cows cured when all else failed. Her herb water is said to have cured pain, aches, paralysis, rheumatism and ailments too numerous to mention.
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2019-07-13 21:47
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ink and ink it isn't, what is it?
Ans:- A blackberry.
1. The King of the rocks built a ship
an(d) in the ship his daughter dwelt an(d) I'd be sorry to tell her name an(d) there's three times I've told it.
Ans:- Ann.
2. A little thing a little smaller than a mouse : and has more holes than windows in a king's house.
Ans :- A thimble.
3. What grows to the ground?
Ans :- A cow tail.
4. Four little sisters so long and so thin when one is out the other is in.
Ans :- Knitting needles.
5. A leapper of ditches, a clipper of throns, two leather lugs and a pair of horns.
Ans :- A goat.
6. Fatherless, motherless, born without sin, came to the world and was never heard of again.
Ans :- A new day.
7. What has a mouth and no tongue?
Ans :- A river.
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But there was more to it than that for whoever was first was the one that got the most food and drink.
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After the Marriage Ceremony
When the marriage ceremony was over the bride rode on the same horse as her husband.
Some old people say she sat behind and some say in front of him on the horse.
Anyway there was a great race home from the chapel. Each one of the young people tried to be first. The girl or the boy who was the first to reach the door of the brides new home would be married within the year.
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woman who carried a baby in her arms and held by the hand a little girl of three or four years. Mrs. Crowley's words to this poor creature were "Would you let me hunt the pope out of your stomach with a bit of minced meat"
This Mrs. Rowley was a daughter-in-law to the Mr. Rowley who sheltered the priest.
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considered very sacred and no one would venture to cut them down for the fairies dance under the branches at night.
There is a holy stone in the field in Drumbaragh called st. Patrick's stone; it is shadowed by an aged hawthorn. At the top of this stone is a large hollow always filled with water by the rain or dew. It is believed that the water in this hollow has great healing powers.
Mrs Rowley
The Rowley's were always good to the priests to the poor and to their tenants.
The second last Mrs. Rowley was an exception to the rule. She hated priests and everything Catholic. On this account they used to call her "smell priest"
On one Good Friday she went round to the poor with soup and minced meat. She met a poor
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2019-07-11 17:47
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Sacred Trees
The large old hawthorns growing singly in a field or by a well are
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The night of the big wind
.The 6th of January 1839.
The day before was quite calm up until about 3 o'clock. Then a brisk wind rose which later on got louder and louder. In the end the people who were sitting up all night being afraid to go to bed could not hear each other speaking, though they shouted as loud as they could.
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The Hauling Home
One month after the marriage the bride accompanied by her husband and some friends visited her fathers home.
It was considered unlucky for a newly wed woman to visit the house of her parents before a month was out.
As the visiting party drew near the house the eldest man among her fathers guests went out to meet her and broke an oaten cake on her head before the procession reached her fathers house . Then all went into the house and there was eatings, and drinkings and lashings and leavings.
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The Lone Bush
Sometime ago the builders were erecting new houses near Old-castle. There was a bush in the way. This bush was no ordinary one. It was known as "The Lone Bush" and it stood in the way of the builders.
Some of the men decided to cut down the bush, but one man shook his head, as if to say that it would be wrong to do so because it was said that there was a fairy-fort near to the lone bush in the days gone bye.
Finally it was cut down.
A workman forgot his tools and returned later in the evening and found a fairy standing where the lone bush had been.
The man was so overcome that he had to be attended by the doctor.
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The Lone Bush
Sometime ago the builders were erecting new houses near Old-castle. There was a bush in the way. This bush was no ordinary one. It was known as "The Lone Bush" and it stood in the way of the builders.
Some of the men decided to cut down the bush, but one man shook his head, as if to say that it would be wrong to do so because it was said that there was a fairy-fort near to the lone bush in the days gone bye.
Finally it was cut down.
A workman forgot his tools and returned later in the evening and found a fairy standing where the lone bush had been.
The man was so overcome that he had to be attended by the doctor.
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"Local Cures"
There are many people in Ireland who are supposed to have cures for certain diseases. Many of these cures are made from herbs. Some people are supposed to have a cure for erysipelas first they get a bunch of herbs called firaban and they pound it into a pulp with a flat stone, then they get some butter and mix them both together and make them into nine balls. It is then given to the person who suffers from the erysipelas and they are supposed to rub it up and down. If anyone of the mixture falls to the ground it is not to be picked up.
If there are seven sons or seven daughters born in succession the seventh is supposed to have a cure for ringworm. When the child is very young a person digs a worm and puts it in the child's hand. If the worm dies the child is sure to have the cure.
A child born some months after its father's death is said to have a cure for whooping-cough . A strand of its hair is cut and sewn into a collar and put and put round the sufferer's neck to prevent them from whooping.
There are supposed to be people who have a charm for tooth-ache. It is supposed to be since the time
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"Local Cures"
There are many people in Ireland who are supposed to have cures for certain diseases. Many of these cures are made from herbs. Some people are supposed to have a cure for erysipelas first they get a bunch of herbs called
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The creamery society also put in an expensive pasteurising plant which completely eliminates malignant germs of disease.
We got our share of the 1918 influenza epidemic which at that time ravaged eastern Europe just after the great war.
Happily however the epidemic was not so virulent as elsewhere with the result that deaths were negligible.
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Epidemics
In the Summer and Autumn of 1899 and again in 1900 there was a terrible epidemic of the typhoid fever in the district. There were a great number of deaths and for a long time the source of the disease baffled the best medical skill procurable.
A peculiarity about the disease was that it occurred in isolated cases and more often than not in the cleanest and best kept homesteads. It was also as a rule a female member of the family was always first to become infected. At length it occurred to the medical office of the district that the creamery can might be the source of the infection and his surmise proved correct as an analysis of the skim-milk taken at the creamery disclosed on several occasions the presence of typhoid germs.
Supplies from the farms where the disease manifested itself were forbidden to send thei milk to the creamery till such time as the medical officer supplied a cert. showing a clean bill of health.
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stream or river and is used as a salad.
Mint is used as a tea for invalids.
"St. Patricks leaves" are a cure for burns and cuts.
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Herbs
The principal herbs and plants growing on our farm at home are, nettles, dock leaves, thistles, "forawns", comfrey, garlic, water cress, mint, and "St Patrick's leaves"
The most harmful of these weeds are, nettles, dock leaves, and thistles.
They grow in large groups in meadow and pasture fields. They absorb much of the plant food which should go to the meadow and grass.
Comfrey grows on large stalks with a very large rough leaf. In Autumn a purple flower grows on it. Sometimes it is given to pigs to eat. The roots of the comfrey are used as a poultice for sore feet.
"Forawns" are plants like comfrey. They are also given to pigs to eat.
Nettles are boiled and given to turkeys.
Garlic grows on long stalks and is good for a sore throat.
Water cress grows in a
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Thursday for losses,
Friday for crosses,
Saturday is no day at all.
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Travelling folk
Travelling folk still visit our district but they do not lodge in the houses now as they did in former years.
About 30 years ago families of travelling folk used to come around to the houses of our district to beg alms from the people.
Some of them used to sell small articles such as, pins, needles, lace, shoe laces, ribbons, brooches, hair pins and religious objects.
The alms they used to accept from the people were mostly food such as, bread small quantities of tea, sugar and milk.
They
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Local lore of certain days.
"Good Friday", is supposed to be the luckiest day in the year to commence setting crops in this locality.
It is said that the first person who lifts water from the well on May morning will have good luck for the rest of the year. No person should lend to or borrow from another on May day as they shall lose their luck for the rest of the year if they do so.
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for headache is to measure the head with a weaver's thread taken from a weavers loom. This cure can be given by a weaver or his son or daughter. He recites some words or prayers when giving the cure.
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folk who used to come to this district were, an old woman whom they used to call "Mary Mayo", the McDonagh family and the Maughans.
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Brennan. He was very holy but he used to indulge in strong drink. He used to go to mass every morning in Grange catholic church.
He lived in an old house in Doonsaskin (a townland about two miles from grange).
One day when he was going back to his house in Doonsaskin, he took a short way. He wanted to go by an avenue which lead across the land of a wealthy protestant named Mr. Jones who then lived in Streeda about a mile-and-a-half from Grange.
Mr. Jones always had his avenue gates locked, and when the friar came the gates were locked as usual. There were two or three men at the gates as well. The friar lifted the lock and blew into it and immediatly the gates opened and the friar went his way along the avenue.
Several
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used to also accept potatoes which they used to sell afterwards.
Sometimes these travelling folks used to travel with caravans, donkeys and carts, and ponies and carts. Sometimes they would put up tents on the roadside and sleep in them. Others used to ask at the local farmhouses for a nights lodging in and old barn or stable.
These people were generally welcome to the houses as they were very quiet people. They used to tell stories to the people, tell fortunes for them, and carry all sorts of news from the parts of Ireland they had travelled.
These people used to stay for a week at a time, and on fair days they would go to the Grange fairs to sing and to tell fortunes. They used to also have games to amuse the people. The people used to give them money for these things.
About fifty years ago a Friar who was expelled from his Order used to go around begging in this district. The people used to call him Friar
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Thursday for losses,
Friday for crosses,
Saturday is no day at all.
Travelling folk
Travelling folk still visit our district but they do not lodge in the houses now as they did in former years.
About 30 years ago families of travelling folk used to come around to the houses of our district to beg alms from the people.
Some of them used to sell small articles such as, pins, needles, lace, shoe laces, ribbons, brooches, hair pins and religious objects.
The alms they used to accept from the people were mostly food such as, bread small quantities of tea, sugar and milk.
They
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It is said that it is very unlucky to go near the sea on Whit Sunday, as if a person should see a mermaid on that day he would die in that year.
It is very unlucky to change from one dwelling house to another on a Saturday. Friday or Monday are supposed to be the luckiest days for change.
Monday is the luckiest day to go into a new position.
Throwing May flowers on the roof of a house on May day brings good luck to the people who live in the house.
Most marriages take place in this district on a Monday. There is a well known rhyme in this district on the influence which the different days of the week have on marriage.
It runs as follows:-
Monday for health,
Tuesday for wealth,
Wednesday the best of all,
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for headache is to measure the head with a weaver's thread taken from a weavers loom. This cure can be given by a weaver or his son or daughter. He recites some words or prayers when giving the cure.
Local lore of certain days.
"Good Friday", is supposed to be the luckiest day in the year to commence setting crops in this locality.
It is said that the first person who lifts water from the well on May morning will have good luck for the rest of the year. No person should lend to or borrow from another on May day as they shall lose their luck for the rest of the year if they do so.
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2019-07-04 12:04
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Some years ago a black rabbit was often seen about it, and as soon as he saw any person coming into the field he used to run into a small hole he had in the fort.
Any person who ever as much as cut a bush or rod from this fort never was much the better . They either lost cattle or something happened to themselves.
The other fort is only a quarter of a mile away and there are bushes growing around it also. There are lights still seen there about midnight. It is said that when the lights used to be seen in the other fort they used to travel across to this fort.
At present the bushes are all blossomed with lovely white and pink flowers and there are plenty of primroses, violets, and bluebells growing around it.
There is a dwelling
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2019-07-04 11:43
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Fairy Forts
There is a fairy fort on the townland of Aughagad. It is a small fort and it is of circular shape. There are now a number of blackthorn bushes growing around the fort. There is only a small entrance hole in it and there is a small stream of water running through this hole. The bushes are growing around the fort in a circle, and there is a lot of flowers growing around the fort also. It is in the middle of a large field and there is another fort in view of it.
A few years ago there used to be lights seen rearly every night around this fort but they are never seen now. It is said that the fairies lived in this fort, but nothing was ever seen in it except light.
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2019-07-04 11:23
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are used for setting the cradle.
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2019-07-04 11:22
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Home made toys
The boys of this locality are able to make some toys which include "bird cradles", water guns, bows-and-arrows, slings and catapults.
"Birds cradles" are used for catching birds and they are made from pieces of sticks of wood and rods. The frame is made with four sticks each about fifteen ins. in length.
Four sally rods are turned around the corners of the frame , turned upwards and tied together at a height of fifteen to twenty ins. from the ground. There are a number of other straight rods passed between these corner rods to close up the sides of the "cradle".
The ends of a long bowed sally rod are then attached to the two ends of the frame on the under side.This bowed rod together with two shorter rods
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2019-07-02 23:35
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potatoes.
The Lore of Certain Days.
The third day after Christmas Day is generally looked upon as to be an unlucky day for beginning ploughing and for starting house building or changing from one house to another and people say Friday to be a lucky day.
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2019-07-02 23:30
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Festival Customs
May Day
It is said that if the first day of May is fine that we will have a good summer. It is an custom to gather a bunch of wild flowers and fresh green grass and tie to the latch of each door to welcome the summer coming once more.
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Herbs
There are a great variety of herbs in this locality. They were used very much for cures by the people of the locality. The most plentiful herbs and weeds in this locality are docks or dockings, as they are locally called, rushes, briars, fearban, whins, chickweed, glasherlane and "buacallans" or ragweeds.
Buacallans grow in dry firm land and docks grow in wet land. Button weeds grow in the meadow. Briars grow in all kinds of soil, and we get blackberries from them in Autumn. Ramps
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Festival Customs
On St. Stephens day all the boys and girls gather together and go from house to house shouting "The wren the wren the king of all the birds, who ever was caught on St. Stephen day in the firs up with the kittle and down with the pan give a few pence the most we gone"
On May day all the people go to the bogs and gather May flowers and throw them on the tatch to welcome in the May.
On St. Martins day every house kills a duck a hen or a goose in honour of St Martin.
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Cures
1.If you put Silver paper into your mouth it will cure a toothache.
2. If you rub the leg of a frog to your teeth, you will never have a toothache.
3. If you have a sty on your eye, get ten goosebury thorns and throw one and point nine for three days and it will cure it.
4. When you are bleeding if you put a cob-web to it, it will stop it.
5. If you have a cut, let a dog lick it, and it will get better.
6. On the 9th of July there are nine cures in the sea.
7. If you have the mumps and walk around a well three times, and take three drinks of water you will be cured.
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Cures
When the people had the Mumps they put the donkey's winker's on them and drive them around the well.
For the Whooping Cough they drink donkey's milk.
For the rose, vinegar , Elder, tree and butter.
For the measles they used whiskey.
For the sore throat they used salt (hot).
For cuts they used balsam.
Dockings are cures for burns of nettles
Rag-weed is another cure for sore throat.
Chicken-weed is used for the pip.
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2019-07-02 22:42
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Weeds
Thistles do harm to the land because they spread away when the seeds fall off them. Dockings do harm to the land also because from once one grows they spread away and destroy the land.
Button-weed and clover and all other weeds are harmful because they take the good out of the soil. (Ellen Haran aged 10)
(Heard from parents) 1-12-38
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on the north side of Innismurray Island there is an old well which according to local Tradition possesses magical powers. It is said that if some of the water out of this well is thrown into a stormy sea it will immediately become calm again.
It is also said that if all the fires in the island go out a piece of turf is placed on one of the stones of the old chapel it will immediately light so that all of the fires can be lit again.
It is also local belief that if there is a terrible storm raging and there is someone needing a priest the seas will become calm so as to allow the priest to come from the mainland.
Pishrogues
If you spill the salt away from you and you do not throw some of it over your shoulder or you shall have bad luck. If your tooth fall
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Old Customs
It is an old custom to light a fire on the 23rd June. The custom was a pagan one in honour of Balle the pagan god. When St Patrick came to Ireland he changed the character of the feast, but he did not change the feast. On bonfire night a big fire is lighted in every street, the children go around to the houses, and ask money for the bonfire. With that money they buy coal and turf. Some men with a horse and cart go out to the wood for wood. The fire is oiled, and when eleven is ringing it is lighted. People stay up at the fire all night entertained by a band. When the people get up in the morning they find ashes at their door.
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On hallow een night a lot of nuts are brought into the house, and apples and a barn-brack. Every kind of tricks are played. Money is put in a basin of water and the person who takes it out of the water with his mouth keeps it. An apple is put in a ceiling, and the children try to bite it. Some children go around listening to what is going on indoors. If you look in the mirror at twelve o'clock you will see the devil.
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Proverbs
A rolling stone gathers no moss.
A stitch in time saves nine.
An idle mind is the world of the devil.
A half a loaf is better than none.
If you do not sow in Spring you will not reap in Autumn.
Small parcels carry good goods.
One in the hand is better than two in the bush.
It is better to go to bed supperless than rise in debt.
Do not count your chickens until they are hatched.
Save while the sun shines.
Do as you would be done by.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
The best of friends must part.
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Proverbs of the locality
A stitch in time saves nine.
It is better to go home supperless than rise in debt.
Half a loaf is better than none.
A small thing pleases a child.
If you do not sow in the Spring you will not reap in the Autumn. A good thing never lasts.
Do not count you
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2019-07-01 21:07
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On the Local Cures
If you have a boil on your neck, get nettles and boil them. Then put them to your neck and the boils will dissapear. If you have warts on your hand get a snail and put him on them, then take him off and put him someplace where the birds will not get him. Then he will die, so will the warts. If you have the chincough bring a cup of milk to a man who owns a ferret and he will give the ferret some of it to drink and whatever he leaves after him give it to the person who has it and it will cure him. If you have a sty on your eye, pluck nine thorns from a gooseberry tree and point them straight to ^ sty while doing so throw away each in turn but keep the last one and burn it in the fire. After a while the sty will dissapear. If anyone in your home has a foul mouth get a boy who has never seen his father and he will breath on the person three times. Then the person will be better. If you ever get a burn of a nettle get a dockin and rub it to your leg and the pain will go away. If you dribble get a live eel and put him in your mouth for a few minutes and then you will not dribble anymore.
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Local Cures
A docken or a fox's tongue are often used to cure a stone-bruise or a festered cut.
A docken is also used to cure a nettle burn.
Moss is put to a cut to stop it from bleeding.
Garlic is good for a cold.
Gooseberry thorns cure a sty.
Some people cure warts by rubbing a big black snail to them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Then they tie a string around him and then hang him to a bush until he wastes away.
Others throw a fasting spit into the ashes and rub it in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost to the wart for nine morning in succession.
Some have the cure of a sprain by giving a certain thread to be tied on the hand or foot that is sprained and certain prayers are said.
A posthumous child has the cure of the foul mouth.
The seventh son or daughter has the cure of the ring-worm.
Ass's milk and ferrets leavings are used to cure the whooping-cough.
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2019-06-30 22:58
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a cure for cancer. He makes up an ointment from herbs which he applies to the sore . Many people claim to have been cured by [?] but he refuses to give the secret of the cure, which he got from his father to anyone.
Jaundice:-
Take the juices of two herbs - the [?] [?] and Groundsel and mix with a pint of ale. Boil the mixture for about ten minutes, and then allow to cool. Some of this has to be taken in a glass of ale every morning until the patient vomits - patient must be fasting before taking mixture. After the vomit the yellow colour will disappear from the patient and he will be better in a few days.
Blood poisoning:-
Mix oatmeal and buttermilk until a thick paste is formed. Apply this to the affected part when going to bed at night. After a few applications the person will be cured.
Heart fever :-
Get a cup of oatmeal and press it tightly over the heart of the sufferer while the latter and the one applying the pressure say five Paters and five Aves. Next bake the oatmeal into a cake. The patient must eat all of this cake after which he will be cured.
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Cures
Cancer :-
There are two types of cancer- running cancer and dry cancer. For running cancer there is no known cure but old people give the following cure for dry cancer :- Some near relation of the person suffering from the disease must dig a few roots of dandelion and squeeze the juice out of them. Then this juice must be rubbed to the sore occasionally and after some time it will disappear.
Near this village of Grange in this parish there lives a man named [?] who has
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Warts
1. If you find a hole full of water in a stone without looking for it , and rub the water to the warts three times they will disappear.
2. Steal a piece of meat or bacon or a crust of bread and bury it in the ground and when it has rotted the warts will have disappeared.
3. Find a black snail and rub it into the warts: tie it up on a bush / preferably on a blackthorn / and when the snail has decayed the warts will have disappeared.
Nettle-Burn
If you burn yourself with a nettle ; find a fresh dock-leaf and rub it to the injured spot, till the juice is all extracted from the leaf saying the following little rhyme "Nettle, nettle burnt me, docking, docking cure me"
Tooth Ache
Heat some ordinary salt on the shovel over the fire, place it in an old sock and apply to the jaw.
Cures in common use in this locality
Ahamlish parish; barony of Carbery
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three times to drink some of the water.
Thrush or Foul-Mouth
A child born after the death of its father has the cure for the Foul-mouth. Both the sufferer and the person having the cure should be fasting. The person making the cure cuts the sign of the cross on himself and blows his breath three times in honour of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost into the sufferer's mouth.
Sty on the Eye.
Pick ten thorns from a gooseberry bush; throw away the first one and point the others at the sty three times in honour of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost each day for nine days before sun-set and throw away each thorn when finished with. The sty will have disappeared by then.
Mote in the Eye.
Few people now-a-days have not the cure of the mote.This cure was made by putting the person looking into a vessel of water while prayers were recited by the person making the cure. After the cure the mote could be seen floating in the water.
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Cures
Measles:
Take Nettle Tea, keep warm and take whey or barley water.
(Nettle Tea is made by picking the fresh leaves of the nettles, boiling them and putting milk and sugar on the juice)
Whooping Cough:
1. Drink the milk of an ass.
2. If you meet a man on the road driving a white horse and if you ask him for a cure for the whooping cough, whatever he says will be a cure.
3. Catch a live trout in the river and put it in your mouth.
Mumps:
1. A person whose father and mothers name is alike has the cure of the mumps. They put an asse's bridle on the person having him the mumps and drive him or her into the pig-sty three times.
2, Put an asse's bridle on the person having the mumps and drive him or her to the mearn water
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2019-06-30 21:00
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Local cures
Long ago in the time of our greatgrandfathers and our greatgrandmothers medical science was not as far advanced as it is today. Many diseases that are quite common nowadays and well known to both doctors and people were unheard of, and the doctors were quite ignorant as to their treatment.
Pneumonia for instance. Its treatment was [?] unknown and when a case occurred it meant death. Doctors and hospitals were not so commonly known as they are today and the people had not very much confidence in them. They believed in the home cures and they never approached a doctor until their own cures failed.
For instance if a man caught a cold the cure was to take a certain amount of blood from his arm. This applied also to pneumonia and consumption. If a man needed a dose such as salts, he was given a dose of melted soap. All the weeds that we see growing in the fields were made use of as medicine for some particular disease in both people and cattle. They made up bottles from the boiled roots which they mixed with different ingredients and used them as cures. They had private cures for cancer, bite of mad dogs, jaundice etc. the secret of which was held by certain families, and unknown to other people.
Nora Gormanly.
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Sligo, aged sixty years.
Essay written by Peggy Harkin
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grow in woods and it puts a taste on cow's milk when they eat it.
Ivy, a sort of creeper grows very plentifully in this locality is a very good cure for corns Glasherlane an herb found in swampy ground is a very good cure for rheumatism, and I have known of it to cure a person myself.
Fearaban a weed very commonly found in pasture land is used locally for the feeding of pigs, and even some people boil them instead of cabbage.
Chickweed when roasted proves a most effective cure when roasted for sprains and swollen joints. There is a herb called "Barrac Buide" which grows in old ruins. It is a great cure for jaundice.
This information was received from John Gallagher, Cairns View
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Rose Anne Smyth,
Kilmore,
Co. Leitrim.
Essay written by Peggy Harkin
Herbs
There are a great variety of herbs in this locality. They were used very much for cures by the people of the locality. The most plentiful herbs and weeds in this locality are docks or dockings, as they are locally called, rushes, briars, fearban, whins, chickweed, glasherlane and "buacallans" or ragweeds.
Buacallans grow in dry firm land and docks grow in wet land. Button weeds grow in the meadow. Briars grow in all kinds of soil, and we get blackberries from them in Autumn. Ramps