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Irish Famine 1845 - 1852

Dungarvan Food Riots - Illustration from The Pictorial Times, 10 Oct 1846

The Irish Famine of 1845 - 1852 ( or in Irish "Gorta Mór", translated as"Great Hunger" ) resulted in mass starvation and emigration. The primary cause of the famine - amongst numerous other issues - was the Potato Blight of 1845. The limited diet of the majority of the population meant that the country was ill-prepared for the failure of the potato crop. In Desperate Haven - The Famine in Dungarvan, we look at the effects of the famine on the town of Dungarvan and the efforts of people like Rev. James Alcock (1805-1893) and Councillor Michael Byrne to improve the lives of the people, in the years during and after the famine.

Desperate Haven - The Famine in Dungarvan
The most comprehensive history of the Poor Law, Famine and its aftermath in the Dungarvan Union (An area covering all of West Co. Waterford). The full 415 page book is now free online.

Alcock, Rev. James (1805-1893)
A Church of Ireland minister in Ring, he was for 60 years the faithful and zealous vicar of the parish for the above period. During the scourge of the Famine and Cholera he proved himself the generous friend, the wise guide and councillor of the sick, distressed and afflicted of all classes and creeds.

Byrne, Mike
Byrne was a member of Dungarvan Urban District Council between 1908 and 1918. He was also on the Board of Guardians at the Work house between 1913 and 1917.

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