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Killina cures – 1937

Collected by pupils of Killina School (abridged) 1. Asses’ milk for “consumption” (taken fasting). 2. Goat’s milk for “consumption”. 3, Sheep’s milk for sore throat (heated). 4. Carry 3 small potatoes in your pocket for rheumatism or for toothache. 5. Foam of new milk for toothache. 6. Ferrets “leavings” – cure for measles. 7. Fox’s … Continue reading

Carnamadra – hidden treasure

Told to Eileen Fallon, Kinvara by Patrick Fallon (abridged) It is believed that there is a treasure of gold hidden in Carnamadra, which is a little village situated about three miles form the town of Kinvara. It was supposed to be hidden by a miser during the time of the trouble in Ireland, which was … Continue reading

Hidden Treasures – 1939

Told by Dilly Finnegan (age 26) to Cissy Shaughnessy There is hardly a district around Ireland that there are not treasures hidden in. In olden times there was a crock of gold hidden in an old graveyard in Kinvara. It was hidden by an old priest. It was hidden many years and nobody could find … Continue reading

Local herbs

Patsy Noone, Kilcolgan from Tommy McDonald, Kilcolgan Around my home and on our farm there are lots of herbs growing. The thistle is a tall pricky weed and when it is over ripe the seeds blow around and destroy the land and hay. There is a white flower growing on our land named vinvan. It … Continue reading

The Local Forge – 1938

Collected by Kathleen Fallon from Patrick Fallon, Kinvara 17th May, 1938 There is not a town or a village in Ireland that has not a forge. Forges are not as numerous now as they were long ago. Hardly any person uses a horse now except country people. Long ago horses were used for every kind … Continue reading

Churning – 1938

Collected by Kathleen Fallon, Kinvara from Mrs Fahy Kinvara 10th of May, 1938 There is scarcely a country house that has not a churn in it. Some of the churns are small and some of them are tall. The tall churns are very wide at the bottom and they get narrower as they go up. … Continue reading

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