School: Rathea, Liostuathail (roll number 7843)

Location:
Rathea, Co. Kerry
Teacher:
Muiris Ó Loingsigh

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The Quarter Field

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0410, Page 183

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The Quarter field is situated on the side of a hill. It contains nine acres in the begining of the nineteenth century many families lived lived in this field The field was owned by a Land Lord and he allowed these poor people build houses in it. Each family got a quarter of ground. There was no division between the quarters only paling. They used to set potatoes in the quarter every year and used to gett the manure from the neighbouring farmers. These people had no other way of living only when ever they would work for another farmer for small hire. When the potatoes failed in the years 1845 to 1847 all these people died of starvation. When they were gone my grandfather bought this field with more land surrounding it and my father is in possession of it now

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Collector
Liam Ó Duilleáin
Gender
male
Address
Gortacloghane, Co. Kerry
Informant
(name not given)
Relation
parent
Gender
male
Address
Gortacloghane, Co. Kerry
Language
English
Location
Rathea