School: Claremorris (B.) (roll number 9863)

Claremorris, Co. Mayo
The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0098, Page 169

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  1. To my knowledge I have heard no stories or traditions told about the famine times. A man told me that the famine affected the district very much.
    There is a stone in Mr. Higgin's land to show where the people were (born) buried during that period. I heard that an average of forty people was buried in each pit.
    A terrible blight came on the potatoes and they had nothing to eat. The potatoes decayed in the ground and seed came from foreign countries. I cannot tell if government relief reached this district or no along the roads people were seen dying. A priest named Father Peter Reynolds sold his horse to buy food for the poor people.
    Transcribed by a member of our volunteer transcription project.
    1. time
      1. historical periods by name (~25)
        1. the great famine (~4,013)
    T. Dowd