The Old Cures


When disease swept through a community, people would try anything that might help to save the ones they loved. In times before modern medicine, illnesses rarely seen today, like measles, pox and whooping cough, were killers, and traditions were passed down by families desperate for anything to give them the luck they needed to survive through the crisis.

But putting your trust in superstitious actions and legends of past cures could also lead to some very strange results…

With thanks to Con Ryan, my grandfather, for his unique and fascinating insight on these traditions.


Read The Podcast Script

Sources And Further Reading

Thinking Critically About Coronavirus


Old Cures


Minor Monuments by Ian Maleney



2 thoughts on “The Old Cures

  1. Hello Ruth, just discovered your podcast – and surprised to hear Con in Gleann speaking. And also, him mentioning a Ryan “Cooga” around 5:10. Didn’t quite hear the name he said. My interest is being one of the Cooga descendants! So, we’re cousins!! Briefly met Con at a walk, down there, a few years ago. He knew more about me, than I about him! As is commonplace in parts of the country. Anyway, that’s rather a long “hello”!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Hello Eugene, lovely to hear from you! And what a small world it is!
      I believe the Ryan “Cooga” he mentions there is Roger “Rodge” Ryan of Cooga – my late granduncle’s godfather.
      Hope to see you in the hills again at some point in the future!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s