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; sugar or molasses with unmalted grain: 126,282 gals. Total: 8,126.307 gals

Think of all the barley, all the wheat, all of the hops, all the land which had to be cleared (evictions) of all of the tenants to make production like this possible. Then remember that at this stage in brewing as distinct from distillation there were over 30 Brewers in Dublin, plus more throughout the rest of the country. Some of them were huge. Little wonder why today we Irish say, "slainte," or "health."

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Tags: An Gorta Mor, Beverage, Famine, The Great Hunger, Whiskey


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Comment by That's Just How It Was on January 30, 2015 at 7:23am

 Ireland was full f food during the Famine years ; When a country is full of food there can be no famine ; it was genocide  on a massive scale as per the Hague convention 1948

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