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 […]

John McCullagh October 29, 2004

A number of stipulations accompany the cure.  The curer often must not ask for or acknowledge the receipt of a gift as payment for the service.  They may accept the gift only if it is not acknowledged.   It is to protect against fake healers who are in it for profit.  Usually the healed person too […]

John McCullagh October 22, 2004

The tradition of visiting Holy Wells (or Sundays Wells) in search of cures or relief from distress was strong in Ireland until recent decades.  In this area were St Bridget’s well at Faughart and St Mochua’s Well near Keady as well as an acclaimed Sundays Well in the Glen area of Newry.  The latter has […]

John McCullagh July 8, 2004

On Slieve Gullion’s sunny slopes, Deirdre is said to have grown from infancy to girlhood with a voice so sweet that when she sang, the thrushes were silent with envy.    There too Fingan the great physician to King Conor MacNessa, had his house with door open on each side to the four winds of […]

John McCullagh June 25, 2004

You know of course, for only a gulpen doesn’t, that docken leaves can cure the nettle sting.  You must recite the couplet, while you’re rubbing the afflicted spot,   ‘Docken, docken, in and out, Take the sting of the nettle out!’   Ringworm is a little more complicated.  It takes two boys, whose father and […]

John McCullagh June 24, 2004

I promised you more cures.  The first I remember being applied to myself as a young boy!   Chest Infection and Colds:  Apply camphor oil to brown paper resting on the chest beneath one’s clothes.   Chin-Cough:  ‘To cure this it is necessary to find a man and his wife who had the same name […]