Black ‘47

Clifden, Co. Galway

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Black 46 and 47 are days that will not be forgotten in Ireland. In the early months of 46, Ireland was rich in what made the food of the people potatoes. As the months went on awful calamity befell the country. A rot came on the potatoes and the people had nothing to eat other than rotting potatoes. sickness in the form of Cholera set in on the form people with the result that they that they died but the thousands. many of them fell by the road-side trying to make their way to the workhouse. A man brought over forty stone of potatoes on two horses and sold them at one penny per stone. He had to put shoes on his animals and he bought 2d worth of cakes and all he had going home was only a shilling left.

 

Collector: Francis Connolly

Informant: Anne Keany, Clifden, Co. Galway

Place: Clifden, Co. Galway

Tags: Famine, death, Cholera potatoes

Footnote: Duchas, http://www.duchas.ie/

 

This page was added on 13/05/2017.

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