School: Stonetown, Louth (roll number 16431)

Location:
Stonetown Lower, Co. Louth
Teacher:
P. Ó Dubháin

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The Famine

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0668, Page 246

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My great grandfather James Parkes lived through the famine years. He was a lad of twenty when the famine first began. My father remembers him well sitting on the hob telling him all about the famine. He told him that he was one whole day digging potatoes and all he could get was a small canfull of good spuds. During those years when the potatoes rotted the people set up a big pot in which they boiled porridge for the poor. He told him that there was a soup house in Louth. Local people ? called Dowdals used to go to this house. The other people stuck it out and didn't want any of the free soup. The Dowdals were afterwards called the souper Dowdals because they always went to Louth for their soup.

Treasa Ní Muireadhaig
Fuaireas an méid seo óm athair.
Séamus Ó Muireadhaig (60)
Baile na gCloc
Corcríochach
Co. Lughaidh

Collector
Treasa Ní Muireadhaigh
Gender
female
Address
Stonetown Lower, Co. Louth
Informant
Seamus Ó Muireadhaigh
Relation
parent
Gender
male
Age
60
Address
Stonetown Lower, Co. Louth
Language
English