!! Ballina Chronicle; Dec 5, 1849 "Kilrush, Clare"
- BALLINA CHRONICLE
Ballina, Mayo, Ireland
Wednesday, December 5, 1849
ABUNDANCE AND RUIN!- KILRUSH, Nov. 24- This day the town was more than
usually crowded with every saleable article. A large quantity of potatoes sold
at 3 1/4d. and 5d. per stone-apparently good. Several large cart loads of
turnips at 1d. and 1 1/4d. per stone the corn and butter markets were literally
thronged. The price of barley and oats has varied very little during the past
month. Barley, of good quality, brought from 7 1/4d. to 7 1/2d., and oats much
about the same price; but some of an inferior quality sold so low as 6d. At this
season turf was never so cheap, here as at present-6d. and 7d. per creel-some
years past it might have brought treble the price. It is plain then that the
country people are making sale of all they can, and buying nothing that they can
avoid. Business of all kind was never so dull as at present; the shopkeeper and
artisan lived by the farmer; a common ruin seems now to await all, unless some
speedy remedy be adopted. Many of the small farmers her, who were formerly in
comfortable circumstances would not be able to till the land now, leaving rents
and rates out of question. Others are selling what they can, and putting the
money in their pockets, waiting to know what abatement will be given in the
land, and if their expectations are not realised, they sail for a foreign clime.
Such are the general feelings of the majority of the people.--Clare Journal.
Cathy Joynt Labath
Ireland Old News