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- Old people say that the famine affected the district very much.
It is said that people were found sick and dying near hedges ditches and in fields and gardens.
It is also said that people were found dead with bits of grass in their mouths, and also others were found in fields of turnips eating turnips, more were found eating water cresses and others were found eating
It is said the district was very thickly populated in olden times and the sites of the old houses are still to be seen.
These houses, it is said, were occupied before the famine times.
Old people state that the blight came like a fog and then the stalk withered and last of all the potatoes rotted. Then when all the potatoes were rotted there were no seed for the following year, but the government came to their assistance and gave them seed.Transcribed by a member of our volunteer transcription project.