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- (continued from previous page)story goes that his body was brought for burial in the centre of a load of hay from CastletownRoche to some graveyard in the Watergrasshill district. Some short time afterwards the property was acquired by Michael Cashman over eighty years ago.Transcribed by a member of our volunteer transcription project.
- Andrew Ahern was born in Coosane about three miles on the North-West of Watergrass hill about the year 1838. Hence he would be about nine years of age at the time of the Famine. He said that he remembered to see his mother digging potatoes and that most of them were black. In this year a family consisting a father and daughter lived in the town land of Skehanagh about one mile from Watergrasshill village. They had nothing to eat and the father in desperation, while he still had some strength left, built up the door and window with stones and both died in the house. He also remembered to see a little boy and a woman taking a corpse wrapped in a sheet on a donkey's back for burial in Ballinaltig graveyard.Transcribed by a member of our volunteer transcription project.
- Maurice Ahern