What People Ate During the Famine

Cleggan, Co. Galway

During the Famine people made cakes from rotten potatoes because the potato crop failed. The Famine came in 1846 and 1847 and ever since that time the farmers spray their potatoes to keep the blight away. By 1847 there was neither potato nor seed to sow in the ground and people started to die from hunger. Soup houses were built and people began to crowd there. It is said that the people who were giving out the soup to others would also take a mouthful of it for themselves.

Cleggan, Co. Galway

Collector: James Coyne

Informant: Mrs Coyne


Duchas, ‘The Schools’ Collection’, www.duchas.ie

This page was added on 25/04/2017.

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