1849 – An Gorta Mór Horror.

Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

The horrifying recollections of An Gorta Mór sufferer Brigid O’Donnel were published in the London Illustrated News:

“I lived on the lands of Gurranenatuoha. My husband held four acres and a half of land, and three acres of bog land; our yearly rent was £7 4s.; we were put out last November; he owed some rent.

We got thirty stone of oats from Mr. Marcus Keane, for seed. My husband gave some writing for it: he was paid for it. He paid ten shillings for reaping the corn. As soon as it was stacked, one “Blake” on the farm, who was put to watch it, took it away to his own haggard and kept it there for a fortnight by Dan Sheedey’s orders. They then thrashed it in Frank Lellis’s barn. I was at this time lying in fever.

Dan Sheedey and five or six men came to tumble my…

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