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Potato Famine - Lack of Food and Shelter

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As reporters and illustrators for various newspapers visited the Irish countryside, they were appalled by what they saw.  Out of their former homes, and no longer able to make ends meet, Irish families could not cope.

The caption, of this drawing, is "Sketch in a House at Fahey's Quay, Ennis - The Widow Connor and Her Dying Child."  The article (from The Illustrated London News, January 19, 1850, page 4) provides more detail about the deplorable conditions.


Media Credits

Image and caption from "Conditions of Ireland:  Illustrations of the New Poor-Law," an article from the January 19, 1850 issue of The Illustrated London News.  Online via County Clare Library.

 

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