A Cure for Chin-cough, Burns and Sore Throat

Kilkerrin, Co. Galway

A cure for chincough is to ask a man riding on a white horse called Giolla an capaill báin for a cure for the chincough and any remedy he would suggest was a cure such as “cupán deas tae agus é a ól go moch”.

Another cure was to drink some milk a ferret would leave after it. The milk of a white donkey was supposed to be a very good cure for the chincough.

To apply the stuff, vomited by a crane beside a river, to the burns.

To get a leaf known as “duilleóigín Pádraig” and heat it beside the fire and leave it on the burn. Heated chicken-weed is also supposed to be a good cure.

The white of an egg is applied to the burn and is supposed to be able to cure it in three days. A mixture of sweet oil and lime water is another cure.


To heat salt and put it into a cloth and tie it round the neck.

To put boiled potatoes into a woollen stocking and tie it round the neck.

Collector: Unknown

Informant: Unknown

Place: Kilkerrin, Co. Galway

Footnote: Duchas, http://www.duchas.ie


This page was added on 13/05/2017.

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