Jarlath MacNamara's Blog Posts Tagged 'Famine' (4)

A Town and a Landlord Before the Famine and a Field Called Ballybeggarman

Patrick Sarsfield Gilmore grew up in a town called Ballygar, County Galway -- today a lovely place on the road from Roscommon to Galway. In the 1820s, the Landlord decided he would build a town because he had a large estate and much produce. This would produce more income and give…

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Added by Jarlath MacNamara on January 23, 2015 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

Spirits Production Figures for Ireland in January, 1849

Sometimes we hear doubts about whether there was food in Ireland during "The Great Hunger." Please look at the whiskey production published in the Athlone Sentinel on April 25th in the report brief report below:

"The quantity distilled in Ireland for the year ending Jan. 5th, 1849 was of malt: 34,897 gals; malt with unmalted grain: 7,957,000 gals;…

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Added by Jarlath MacNamara on January 22, 2015 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Cholera in Athlone - May, 1849

While P.S. Gilmore prepared for his departure from Athlone in September of 1849, the papers are filled with example of the depraved…

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Added by Jarlath MacNamara on January 19, 2015 at 5:30pm — 7 Comments

P S Gilmore , the Famine and now this disgusting idea that we have a laugh about the HUNGER .!!!!!

As someone who is working on the story of one of the most famous of those Famine Refugees Patrick S Gilmore who escaped the famine in 1849 , and as someone who knows this man as well as most did in his life I can say without doubt that he would be disgusted that 150 years later we would be working on a comedy about the people he saw dying in Ballygar ,Athlone ,in Dublin , in Boston, on the ships ,being thrown overboard . From Roanoke Island Battlefield he wrote back to his editor " I eat as…

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Added by Jarlath MacNamara on January 5, 2015 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

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