School: Kilmore (roll number 16637)

Kilmore, Co. Roscommon
Máiréad, Bean Mhic Giolla Críost
The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0254, Page 260

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  1. Mumps
    This was a disease which was very common amongst children. There was a cure for it and people would never dream of getting a doctor. It was usually when not taken in time. It was usually detected by a swelling on both sides of the neck and under the ears particularly
    The breath was sometimes almost stopped and children were oftentimes nearly chocked. The people rubbed and poulticed the affected parts but nothing seemed to be of any use until the cure was tried.
    The cure consisted in putting a donkeys winkers on the head of the sufferer leading him three times around the pig sty saying at the same time some prayers. If there was no sty near a child had to be brought a long distance to where there was a detached sty . In many places in those days the pig sty was usually built at the end of dwelling house, and on that account the cure could not be tried there
    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. mumps (~70)