!! Connaught Journal; June 10, 1824 "Scarcity of Potatoes"
- THE CONNAUGHT JOURNAL
Galway, Thursday, June 10, 1824
SCARCITY OF POTATOES
We have received several communications, both written and verbal,
describing the miseries of the poor peasants in the extensive districts of
Cunnemara. The lamentable state they are reduced to is most alarming; and unless
their necessities are quickly relieved, starvation must be the inevitable
consequence. It is very painful to us to be obliged to represent their destitute
situation. If any thing can be done to ameliorate their state, we would suggest
that useful labor should be preferred to giving them gratuitous relief. A
Committee has been formed in the barony of Moycullen for the purpose of applying
to the Lord Lieutenant for relief, and we hope their application will be
attended with success.
We have received a letter from a respectable Catholic Clergyman, dated
Ballinahinch (Cunnemara), June 6th, which contains the following dreadful
announcement: "One-fourth of the inhabitants of this parish are starving. I
pledge myself to you, that they are worse than in 1822."
Cathy Joynt Labath
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