School: Clochar

Clogher, Co. Mayo
M. Ó Gealbháin
The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0095, Page 63

Archival Reference

The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0095, Page 63

Image and data © National Folklore Collection, UCD.

See copyright details.


Open data

Available under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

  1. XML School: Clochar
  2. XML Page 63
  3. XML “Cures - Measuring the Head”
  4. XML “Cures - Sprain Thread”

Note: We will soon deprecate our XML Application Programming Interface and a new, comprehensive JSON API will be made available. Keep an eye on our website for further details.

On this page

  1. Thomas McHale of Belcarra died last year (1937) aged 86 years. He was a weaver. He always had a quantity of the Sprain thread ready in the house. If a person sprained an ankle or anything, that person would go to Thomas and say "Thomas I got a hurt," but never ask him for the thread. Or somebody else would go instead of him: but in no circumstance must the thread be asked for.
    Thomas would understand, and give him a piece of the sprain thread. That piece of thread would be tied round the hurt limb, and the limb would get alright. It was only a piece of the wool-thread that the weaver used in to the loom.
    Pieces of the sprain thread have often
    (continues on next page)
    Transcribed by a member of our volunteer transcription project.
    1. activities
      1. medical practice
        1. folk medicine (~11,815)
          1. medicine for human sicknesses
            1. sprains (~94)
    Micheál Ó Gealbháin
    Thomas Mc Hale