School: Beanntraighe (B.) (roll number 15135)

Location:
Bantry, Co. Cork
Teacher:
Dr. Mac Carrthaigh

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Incidents of the Famine

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0281, Page 140

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Incidents of the Famine
There was a man living in the Quay during the time of the Famine, and he had a large family. One night two of his children died, and the mother and the father carried them in a sack to the Famine Pit in the Abby and threw them into the pit. When they returned home, they found that three more of the children had died.
During the time of the Famine there lived in a Bantry a boy named Tom Yearns. One night he fainted with hunger in a street, and next morning the car, which was collecting the dead bodies, was going around, and he was thrown into the car, and he was thrown into the Famine Pit. His legs were broken by the fall but after a while he regained consciousness, and he got out of the pit and crawled home, and during his life afterwards his legs were crooked.

Written by - John Murphy
Got from - Mr. John Holland

Collector
John Murphy
Gender
male
Address
Bantry, Co. Cork
Informant
Mr John Holland
Gender
male
Address
Bantry, Co. Cork
Language
English