Living Conditions at the time of The Great Hunger (#836)

In this episode, we look at a very difficult time in Ireland - one that triggered a time of death across the population of the island as well as emigration for many generations afterwards.

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Living Conditions at the time of The Great Hunger (#836)

I’m talking, of course, about “An Gorta Mór” – also known as “The Great Hunger” or “The Great Famine” of the mid-1800s.

The first letter looks at a particular landless class in Ireland – who formed a sizeable percentage of our population – but who were, more or less, wiped out during the Famine.

I wrote the second letter when I came across an account from 1847 that profiled particular families in a townland in West Cork. That account was all about my own O’Regan ancestors of that townland. It certainly stopped me in my tracks!

We also have Irish songs of emigration (and one on optimism for the future) to help us focus on this time.

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Letters Featured in This Episode:

Music Featured in This Episode:

  • “Spancil Hill” performed by The Wolfe Tones.
  • “The Emigrants Farewell” performed by Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh.
  • “The West’s Awake” performed by Lumiere and Damien Dempsey.

The Letter from Ireland Show is a weekly podcast that goes out each Thursday from our cottage in County Cork. Tune in to this episode – and dive straight in to a bit of Irish caint, ceóil agus craic (conversation, music and craic!).

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Slán for now, Mike and Carina.

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