The Story by Dorrie Killeen
The Rub is an old herbal remedy created by a young teacher way back in 1890. Annie Murray, whose family came from Rathmoylan, in Co. Meath took up a teaching post in a national school outside Athlone and she brought with her a recipe for a substance made from herbs, oils and salts, which had been used by her family for generations for pains, aches and inflammation. Annie met and married Thomas Feeley and Roscommon was to become her home for life beside the shores of Lough Ree. This lady was my Grandmother. In 1991 I was searching my grandmother’s old medical book entitled “The Household Physician” I came across the recipe and made it up for an elderly man who had bad arthritis in his hands, knees, ankles and shoulders. Having used The Rub twice he said he was able to walk up the fields for the first time in three years and that was the discovery of The Rub, 20 years ago. Over the years I have studied the science of herbs and nutrition and collected lots of old traditional remedies and have written a book and hope to have it published in the near future. Testimonials can be viewed on my blog - dorriekilleentherub.blogspot.com (see advert).