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The Great Hunger

The Potato Famine

The Almighty indeed, sent us the potato blight, but the English created the famine”.
John Mitchel 1861

The black, glassy waters of Louch Rynn stretched before me to the distant shore, fringed with a line of deep green elm trees.  Mirrored into the liquid darkness were the billowing clouds, fluffy and white and across the water, the reflected turret of the summer house within the grounds of Lough Rynn Castle.


This was the ancestral home of the Earls of Leitrim and an estate where the potato famine of 1845-1849 bit deep into the wretched rural tenants and the landless poor.
It is a beautiful land; 

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Will Davies