School: Baile an Daingin (C.) (roll number 4828)

Location:
Ballindine, Co. Mayo
Teacher:
Máire de Staic

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Famine Stories I

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0096, Page 496

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When the potato crop failed yellow meal stirabout was the staple food of the people. A man named MacDonnell from Dunmore used to supply the people with the meal. A man with a big family used to get more than the rest. Any man that had no family used to take a child from the neighbour's house and say that it was his own so that he would get the meal. Lord Dranmore used give soup to the people and they were called soupers.
The soup was given to them to try to proyselytize them and very few that took it

Collector
Maureen Kelly
Gender
female
Informant
Brigid Mac Hugh
Gender
female
Age
circa 60
Address
Lisduff, Co. Mayo
Language
English