Cholera and the Cure

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The cholera epidemic remembered one hundred years after the event, as written by a schoolboy James Reynolds from Knockminna National School near Ballymote in Sligo from the Duchas school folklore collection in 1938.

Cholera in 1837
People were dying in hundreds and nearly all Ballisodare population was wiped out. Sligo hospital was packed and so many died that they had to dig large graves and bury numbers therein without coffins.

Large vats full of strong hot lime mixture were obtained. When people felt cholera coming, they went into one of these large vats and were cured.

Fever hospital sligo Sligo Fever Hospital circa the 1900s – T. Kilgannon Collection

This story comes from the Duchas school collection from 1937-38 when school children were encouraged to talk to their families to collect stories of folklore, heritage and history relating to their locality. James is referring to the Cholera Epidemic of 1832 when an…

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