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Irish peasant girl guarding the family's last few possessions after eviction for non-payment of rent. From The Illustrated London News, April 1886 Wood engraving

An Irish girl guarding her family’s last few possessions after eviction for nonpayment of rent, during the potato famine. A wood engraving from The Illustrated London News, April Credit Print Collector/Getty Images

Lunch time, Ireland in 1915

Lunch time, Ireland in 1915

Didn't have a dance hall so rural Irish just met at the crossroads for a dance social.  The different areas had their own sets and the dances became known as The Kerry Set, or the Connemara.  Great fun!

Didn't have a dance hall so rural Irish just met at the crossroads for a dance social. The different areas had their own sets and the dances became known as The Kerry Set, or the Connemara.

In 1879 alone over 1,200 Irish people were evicted from their land and left to starve.    They had very little land and were unable to grow enough crops to feed themselves and pay the ren. Charles Stuart Parnell, Irish Land League, Evictions in Ireland

Charles Stuart Parnell And The Irish Land League

In 1879 alone over Irish people were evicted from their land and left to starve. They had very little land and were unable to grow enough crops to feed themselves and pay the ren. Charles Stuart Parnell, Irish Land League, Evictions in Ireland

Irish men and women, cutting peat turf.  The Penal Laws of the early 1700s required the Irish to change their religion. The Penal Laws allowed British occupiers to take the land of those who didn’t become protestants. The Irish were left with extremely small paecels of land too small for most crops (i.e. wheat, barley, etc,) In this way the Irish became dependent  on the potato for survival because sufficient amounts could be grown of very small plots of land.

Irish men and women, cutting peat turf. The Penal Laws of the early required the Irish to change their religion. The Penal Laws allowed British occupiers to take the land of those who didn’t become protestants.

The Irish Peasant at Home  ~  Houses and villages, Ireland

The Irish Peasant at Home ~ Houses and villages, Ireland - even though this photograph was taken at the end of the century - housing for the agricultural worker population of Europe remained little changed from the Middle Ages

Map from Britannica Online of the Famine The Potato Famine in Ireland occurred between 1845-1849.  Almost half of the population but especially the poorer class, ate potatoes as the main staple of ...

The Potato Famine

Map from Britannica Online of the Famine The Potato Famine in Ireland occurred between Almost half of the population but especially the poorer class, ate potatoes as the main staple of .

Evicted Tenant Family, Circa 1880.    Evictions were routine in nineteenth century Ireland if tenants could not pay their rent. Very few owned their own land, and landlords often lived in England off the income from renting their estates.

Taylor Harwood Evicted Tenant Family, Circa Evictions were routine in nineteenth century Ireland if tenants could not pay their rent. Very few owned their own land, and landlords often lived in England off the income from renting their estates.

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Peasants digging for potatoes

We owe a debt of gratitude to our ancestors.  A great site.  Ellis island database  http://www.stevemorse.org/mcode.html

Irish immigrant arriving at Ellis Island

From the archives: Photos of life in early 20th century Ireland

Cornmarket St/the Coal Quay Market inscription under the photo refers to the Vendors Market Day at the Irish Market Cork. This open air market was called the Irish market; the indoor market on Grand Parade was, and still is, called the English Market.

Irish Potato Famine Newspaper

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Family evicted at the time of the Land War

Eviction During the Land War In the late agitation against British rule brought about the Land War, in which the Irish tenant farmers struggled against the landlords.

Irish Peasant Women 1868

Ireland, the people Peasant women circa 1868

Ireland's Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University publishes the Famine Folios , a unique resource for students, scholars and researchers, as well as general readers, covering many aspects of the

Notice to Quit: The Great Irish Famine Evictions

Two Irish Women Carrying Peat.  Printed in  Frank Leslie's Popular Monthly, 1880.  From the collection of Maggie Land Blanck.

Two Irish Women Carrying Peat. Printed in Frank Leslie's Popular Monthly, From the collection of Maggie Land Blanck.

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