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