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In the Boho highlands of West Fermanagh Scarplands in Northern Ireland, there is a longstanding belief that the soil from the local churchyard has miraculous curative powers. It was on this churchyard, in 1815, the Reverend James McGirr, who was a faith healer, was buried. On his deathbed, Father McGirr himself had supposedly declared that “the clay that covers me will cure anything that I was able to cure when I was with you while I was alive.” Since then, a local custom developed. Whenever a parishioner got sick, he or she will kneel beside Father McGirr’s grave and scoop up a spoon-full of dirt and put it into a cotton pouch. They will then take the pouch to their home, place it under the pillow and sleep on it. By morning the ailment will already be on the retreat.

Healing Soil of Boho

A spoonful of dirt. Photo: J_R Images/Shutterstock.com


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