Ferrets are kept in some parts of the country to go down borrows and kill rabbits. In the wild though, they could kill a great many hens and ducks. Some of the old people in Caherlistrane say that there is a cure from a ferret when it leaves food behind. This cure would work for those with whooping cough.
Collector: Annie O’Dowde, Cluidrevagh, Co. Galway
Informant: John Burke, Cluidrevagh, Co. Galway
Place: Castlehacket, Co. Galway
Footnote: Duchas, ‘The Schools’ Collection’, www.duchas.ie