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!! Ballina Chronicle; May 15, 1850; McNamara and son starved

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  • Cathy Joynt Labath
    BALLINA CHRONICLE Ballina, Mayo, Ireland Wednesday, May 15, 1850 A Woodford correspondent states that awful deaths by starvation occurred on the 21st of April.
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      BALLINA CHRONICLE
      Ballina, Mayo, Ireland
      Wednesday, May 15, 1850

      A Woodford correspondent states that awful deaths by starvation occurred on
      the 21st of April. The Widow M'Namara and her son, a boy of 15 years of age,
      both died of hunger, and having no friends to bury them, they were left for
      nine days in a miserable hut where they lived. They were paupers, and some
      people demanded a coffin for the relieving officer, which he refused, and in
      consequence they had to bury them in their old garments on the top of a
      hill, in the wild mountains of Derrigoolan, in the Portumna union, where
      there is a place marked out for burying such people as can get no coffins,
      and where members lie interred that died of destitution.--Limerick Reporter.

      Cathy Joynt Labath
      Ireland Old News
      http://www.IrelandOldNews.com/
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