There are several beggars who visit the village frequently. They are Jude Kelly, John Folan, Mary Dempsey, Mike McHugh, Tom Rush and Martin Devaney. These would beg for tea, sugar, tobacco and bread. Very few of them sold anything. They lived from what they got from the farmers and took lodgings with them overnight. Most of them died on the workhouse in Loughrea.
Place: Newcastle, Co. Galway
Footnote: Duchas, ‘The Schools’ Collection’, www.duchas.ie
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