School: Moynalty (C.)

Location:
Moynalty, Co. Meath
Teacher:
name not given

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Famine Times

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0706, Page 128

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The district suffered very much during the famine times and the population was very much reduced owing to the famine and the sickness, emigration and evictions which followed it.
In Reillystown there were 45 homes - where now there are only three. There were 10 houses in Donore where there is now only one and at Knockareny beside Donore there were two other houses.
Until cottages were built there within the last year there were no homes at all in Knockarenny.
The potatoes rotted in the ground from blight and as potato formed the main food of the people here the people were very hard hit.
There was wheat and oats but these had to be sold to try and meet the rents. The famine was followed by an outbreak of cholera which also claimed many

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Informant
James Muldoon
Gender
male
Age
65
Address
Feegat, Co. Meath
Language
English