School: Tankerstown (roll number 15304)

Location:
Tankerstown, Co. Tipperary
Teacher:
Thom. F. Meagher

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Story of the Famine Years

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0575, Page 381

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Story of the Famine years
At the cross about a half mile from here which divides the townlands of Ballygorteen and Currana and which is still called "Biddy Cleary's cross" lived three boys whose names were Carr and who died of starvation during the famine years.
It was in the Spring they died. Every night they used to scrape the drills for the potatoes which the people had set. There used to be men sent to watch the crops in those days.
In the lands around Kilmoyler there were fields of turnips and there were men with guns left in charge of them lest the crops be stolen: the men used not to mind the poor people who came to take them for though they were the landlord's men their hearts were Irish.

Collector
Lily Kennedy
Gender
female
Address
Ballygorteen, Co. Tipperary
Informant
Mr Ned Hogan
Gender
male
Address
Ballygorteen, Co. Tipperary
Language
English