School: Don

Location:
Cartron More, Co. Roscommon
Teacher:
Pádhraic Ó Tiomáin

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Famine Times

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0240, Page 221

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The famine wrought terrible havoc in the parish of Tibohine. The farmers if they could be called that name had very small holdings - from 2 1/2 to 10 acres on an average and the greater part of this was under tillage. The farmer with 7 acres had about 2 1/2 acres under potatoes, and 2 1/2 under oats. The oats was usually threshed early in winter or harvest sold to help pay the rent to the landlord on " gale Day ".

Up to that year the chief food of these people in this parish was potatoes with about 2 sacks of oaten meal. The place was so noted for the eating of potatoes that the spailpins

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Collector
Pádhraic Ó Tiomáin
Gender
male
Address
Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon
Informant
Luke Callaghan
Gender
male
Age
80
Address
Lissergool, Co. Roscommon
Informant
P. Timon
Gender
male
Age
75
Occupation
iar-oide scoile
Address
Lissergool, Co. Roscommon
Language
mixed