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 518

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The old people have great stories about famine times. The famine effected 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 food the people had instead of potatoes was nettles and dockets. Government relief did not reach the district. People died in hundreds and thousands. Sickness followed the hunger. The people talk about other periods of the famine and distress due

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Collector
Annie Mc Nicholas
Gender
female
Address
Curneen, Co. Mayo
Informant
Mrs Mc Nicholas
Relation
parent
Gender
female
Address
Curneen, Co. Mayo
Language
English