School: Skerdagh, Newport (roll number 3905)

Skerdagh Lower, Co. Mayo
James Deffely
The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0086, Page 93

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0086, Page 93

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  3. XML “Dust in the Eye”
  4. XML “The Rose”
  5. XML “The Worm Knot”

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    If a person had dust in their eye round Newport Mayo in the olden times and if the eye was swollen and red and painful he went to a man named Dennis Sweeney who lived at Barrack Hill, Newport, Mayo. This man Sweeney got a glass of pure water and a lighted candle and he utled some incantations. The afflicted person had to come three days in succession and then on the third day the dust would come out and Sweeney would show it to a person in the water.
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    1. activities
      1. medical practice
        1. folk medicine (~11,815)
          1. medicine for human sicknesses
            1. sore eyes (~94)
    The Rose was a big red lump which appeared somewhere on the body. This Denis Sweeney (see dust) had a cure for this also. He prepared a concoction, some of the ingredients being unsalted butter and herbs which he grew specially in his garden. This was applied to the rose and the lump disappeared.
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  3. (continued from previous page)
    pulling both ends of the string has been made will loosen out. The loosening of the knot over the animals back was believed to loosen the knot in which the worm was and so a cure was effected.
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