Before the Famine Struck: Life in West Clare, 1834-1845

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Irish Academic Press, 1996 - Health & Fitness - 105 pages
This book provides a unique portrait of life in an Irish parish - Kilfeartagh, Co. Clare - in the years before the Great Famine. Over the parish as a whole, landlords and middlemen held sway. Most farming consisted of tillage; and most of the grain was exported to England. Fish, harvested in currachs, was sold in Kilkee, Kilrush, Limerick and even County Kerry. Turf was also exported in quantity.
But despite the rather grim living conditions of the people their lives were by no means joyless. Before the Famine Struck describes old customs, the Kilkee Races, hurling and dancing on green and strand, the drink and temperance scenario, and faction fighting; and then there were the tourists and visitors (including day trippers) and a summer 'transplanting of a little Limerick' in the hotels and lodges of Kilkee, all nicely and humorously described.

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