John McCullagh December 31, 2005

With over-indulgence, you may well be suffering from stomach problems. So the following useful cure offered by our regular reader Francie Byrne is timely. ‘My great-great grandfather apparently had a cure for stomach troubles. Here is an extract about him as published in the Rathfriland Outlook about the year 1940.

John McCullagh February 26, 2005

Remember the time when every home had a cupboard with a shelf containing the ‘medicines’?  These consisted of a bottle of iodine, syrup of figs, castor oil and a packet of Beecham’s pills (or powders).

John McCullagh January 25, 2005

Did you know?   If a pregnant woman should spy a hare, she was to make a hole in her vest (everyone wore a vest then!).  This was to ensure that the child she was carrying wouldn’t be born with a hare-lip.

John McCullagh November 18, 2004

I told you one tale of the cure for The Rose, or erysiphelas to give it its medical name – an ailment no doctor could cure!  But that’s doesn’t stop me telling you another.   We were all sitting round the fire one winter’s evening when the latch of the door was lifted and a […]

John McCullagh November 11, 2004

Many people are unaware of how prevalent still, especially in country areas, is the faith in those who ‘have the cure’ for many ailments.  There are documented cases where conventional medicine failed but the faith healer succeeded.  One woman had been suffering for a few years from a very bad rash on her neck and […]