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Nan O’Toole: A Folk Medicine Practitioner from Galway

Nan O’Toole sold fish in Eglinton Street and was also known to have cures for many ailments….

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Signs of the Weather from the Sky, the Sun, the Moon, the Stars and the Rainbow: Folklore from Co. Galway

This folkore account details some of the signs associated with approaching weather systems. It is based on information supplied in…

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Churching the Cow: Folklore from Co. Galway

These two fascinating folklore accounts from Co. Galway detail a practice known as ‘churching the cow’. It was carried out…

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‘A Cure for Warts’. Folklore from Co. Galway

This folklore account suggests various ‘cures’ for the common and often persistent skin condition, warts.  It was told by John Lynksey…

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The Lurgan Canoe, an Early Bronze Age boat from Galway

Over 4000 years old, the Lurgan canoe was discovered in 1901 by Patrick Coen as he worked in a Co….

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Dunmore Castle, Co. Galway

The imposing ruins of Dunmore castle tower above the rolling fields of north Galway. Situated on a small hillock, the…

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The sweat house at Creevaghbaun, Co. Galway

I recently visited a small but distinctive archaeological site at Creevaghbaun, Co. Galway. It consists of diminutive well-built structure that…

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Bronze Age dugout canoe, circa 2200 BC

  A history of Ireland in 100 objects Bronze Age dugout canoe by Fintan O’Toole (taken from the Irish Times Link)…