School: Turlough, Béal an Chloga (roll number 14872)

Location:
Turlough, Co. Clare
Teacher:
Áine, Bean Uí Éalaidhe

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0615, Page 075

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In the year 1847 the potatoes blackened...

In the year 1847 the potatoes blackened and that was the year of the famine. The people had to live on Indian meal stirabout three times a day and their wages were 6d a day.
They used to have to steal the sheep and kill them and eat them with hunger.
Fever was very prevalent after the famine. They used to get a disease called the cholera and it killed a great many people.
At that time the men were far better then what they are now and healthy and stronger.
Before the famine they could dig a big garden every day.

Collector
Margaret Mc Gann
Gender
female
Informant
Mrs Mc Gann
Relation
parent
Gender
female
Age
45
Address
Aghawinnaun, Co. Clare
Language
English