School: Coillte Bó (roll number 15984)

Location:
Kiltybo, Co. Mayo
Teacher:
Michael S. Ó Ceallaigh

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Famine Times

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0107, Page 484

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The old people have great stories about the famine times. It affected the district very much. The district was very thickly populated before that time. People still point out sites of houses then occupied and now in ruins.
The potatoes decayed in the ground. There are no accounts of the seed potatoes for the following year. The potatoes were sown broadcast like grain. The people had to eat nettles and dockets. People died in great number. Great sickness followed the hunger. The government did not relief the district. The people talk about the periods in the time of the failure of the potato crop.

Collector
Mollie Govin
Gender
female
Address
Mace Lower, Co. Mayo
Informant
Mrs Govin
Relation
parent
Gender
female
Address
Mace Lower, Co. Mayo
Language
English