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!! Ballina Chronicle; March 27, 1850; Potato Planting

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  • Cathy Joynt Labath
    BALLINA CHRONICLE Ballina, Mayo, Ireland Wednesday, March 27, 1850 POTATO PLANTING The preparations which are making in every part of this portion of the
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      BALLINA CHRONICLE
      Ballina, Mayo, Ireland
      Wednesday, March 27, 1850


      POTATO PLANTING
      The preparations which are making in every part of this portion of the
      province are on a scale far more extensive than any former year within our
      recollection. Cattle are sold and even several articles of household
      furniture and wearing apparel at tremendous sacrifices by the poor
      landholders to purchase seed potatoes. The chief cause of this is obvious,
      and it affords a practical proof of the ruinous policy of Free Trade in this
      country. The small farmers, who allowed themselves to be led into the
      conviction that "Protection" was a curse by those who hated the aristocracy
      and exulted in anything that might injure the landed proprietors, are now
      sadly convinced that the export trade of Ireland is ruined - that there is
      no longer a market for any description of grain. The potato always found a
      ready market at home and remunerated the grower, so much so that £5 and £6
      were willingly given for what was called a con-acre. Potatoes are even now
      fetching a higher price though they are by no means scarce and have to
      compete with Indian meal. The price of former years is confidently expected
      and the success of the crop last year is an encouragement to its very
      extensive cultivation this year. Should there be such a failure this year as
      we had in 1846 and '47 the consequences must be fearful, but this there is
      no reason to dread. In any case, however, it is to be much regretted that
      the people are compelled in self-defence to occupy the land they are in a
      position to cultivate with a crop which if successful can only bring
      temporary relief.



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