There is a mysterious crystal ball which was said to have
curative properties and was the property of Lord Waterford who had the object
preserved at his Curraghmore estate.
It is described as a globe of almost transparent crystal, two and a half inches
in diameter, the crystal ball was bound by silver and protected by a leather
cover. According to a nineteenth century article, the ball was a
Power-Beresford heirloom and had been in the family for as long as anybody could
Presumed to be of Eastern origin, there is a reference to the crystal ball in
the 'Ancient and Present State of Waterford' which was published in 1746 and,
even then, the report said it had been ''time out of mind in the family''.
Whatever about its benefits on human beings, by the 1800s the Curraghmore
Crystal was almost exclusively sought by tenant farmers who believed it could
cure murraine or 'black leg'. They placed the so called magic crystal into the
drinking water of the infected cattle and it must have cured at least some of
the animals otherwise the farmers would not have kept coming back looking for
However, by 1881, the family had stopped handing out the crystal globe and, when
farmers came asking for it at the estate office, they were handed a printed card
which outlined how to prepare a medical compound for 'Black Quarter' using,
among other things, 'Rue, Savin and Garlic'.
The crystal globe is still preserved at Curraghmore and in good
shape. The Marquis of Curraghmore, Lord Waterford still allows the use of
the crystal to cure and protect cattle. It was, he said, used extensively to
good effect during World War II and during the bad Foot and Mouth crisis of the
Lord Waterford claims that the cattle treated with the crystal remain
healthy afterwards and
nobody had ever disproved its curative powers. Many people believe in the
curative powers of crystals today and they can be bought at many alternative
health shops and 'New Age' shops and even places like the Ulster Museum sell a
variety of crystals from quartz to amethyst.
see also: Charms by
Crystals by Lady Wilde
from the munster
express online. (outside link)