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- Once upon a time there was a terrible famine. It lasted for a couple of years. It began in the 1846 and the worst of it lasted till the year 1848. It was said that the year before it the potatoes were so plentiful that they were thrown in the hedges and dykes. The country was fairly thickly populated before the famine. For a couple of years the potatoes did not grow.
All they had to eat was Indian Meal made into porridge, and they did not get very much of that. It was said that it was something in the weather that made the blight come on the potatoes.
In those days the people depended more on the potato crop than they do now. They had none of the things we have now, such as flake meal porridge, or tinned meat or sasuagesTras-scríofa ag duine dár meitheal tras-scríbhneoirí deonacha.