Local Cures

Athenry, Co. Galway

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  1. A cure for a sore finger is to pour the first drop of milk on the sore when any person is milking a cow.
    2. A cure for a cut is to put a cob-web on it.
    3. A cure for a headache is to drink strong tea without sugar.
    4. A cure for a sore eye is to bathe it is cold tea.
    5. A cure for a toothache is to mix soot and salt and put it into the tooth.
    6. A cure for a sore throat is to heat salt or oats and put it into a stocking and tie it around your neck.
    7. A cure for a whooping cough is to eat the food left over by a ferret.

Collector: Masie Hahesy, Athenry

Informant: Mrs Hahesy, Athenry

Place: Athenry, Co. Galway

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


  1. If you have corns put bread-soda in hot water and soak your feet in it.
    2. If a person was afflicted with rheumatism they drank the water of boiled nettles.
    3. Smoke a pipe for a toothache.
    4. If you have a swelling in your leg put a red flannel bandage on it.
    5. Get an ivy leaf and put the dull side to heal a sore and bright side to draw it.
    6. A cure for a wart is to put your fasting spittle on it.
    7. If you had the whooping-cough drink the milk of a donkey

Collector: Eileen Everard, Athenry, Co. Galway

Informant: Mrs Everard Athenry

Place: Athenry, Co. Galway

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


  1. If you have a stye on your eye it can be cured by putting the Sign of the Cross on it with a gold ring three times for nine mornings.
    2. The rough side of a leaf of cabbage draws a wound and a smooth side heals it.
    3. A cure for a headache is to put your head over a teapot of hot tea.
    4. If you get a burn rub it with soap, apply bread, soda and wrap it up paper and it will keep it from rising.
    5. If you have corns walk through a bog in your bare feet.
    6. Any person that never saw their father can cure a disease called the thrush

Collector: Clementine McGuinness, Athenry

Informant: Mrs Nolan, Athenry

Place: Athenry, Co. Galway

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


Seanleigeheasanna

  1. Leigheasfadh gath beach rheumatism.
    2. Leigheasfadh uisge neanntóige is é a ól rheumatism.
    3. Cuimil cupóg sráide ar gath neanntóige agus leigheasfadh sé é.
    4. Dá gcuirfeá buileóg an saor ar chos tinn leigheasfadh sé é.
    5. Dá gcuirfeá dubhán – alla ar gearrtha stopfadh sé an fhuil.
    6. Leigheas leis an triuf :- Trí sgréach a bhaint as ganndal bhán siar ar mbéal an pháiste a bhéas go dona agus leigheasfadh seisean é.

Collector: Nors No Cadhain, Athenry

Informant: Peadar O Holain

Place: Athenry, Co. Galway

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

 

This page was added on 13/05/2017.

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