Eviction at the Kiely-Ussher estate in West Waterford

The Irish Famine Eviction Project continues to receive information on a daily basis from individuals and local history groups. David Hallahan has sent the following information from an essay  ‘Ballysaggart Estate: Eviction, Famine and Conspiracy’ by Patrick Feeney (Decies Vol. 27, Autumn 1984) which describes how  in May 1847 the Cork Examiner sent a reporter … Continue reading Eviction at the Kiely-Ussher estate in West Waterford

Clare & Limerick Evictions, 1848-1850

Much of the information below is drawn from the pages of the Limerick and Clare Examiner whose proprietor did investigative journalism work in relation to the evictions which were being carried out across the country and in particular in Meelick, county Clare.  His name was James MacCarthy, member of a prosperous family in the contiguous … Continue reading Clare & Limerick Evictions, 1848-1850

Genealogy and the Irish Famine Eviction Project

With over 60 regional and national newspapers now available on the Irish Newspaper Archive website (https://www.irishnewsarchive.com ) there exists the potential to examine in great detail the lived experiences of individuals, families and the wider community during the Great Famine. It is no secret that family historians, genealogists and others are often left frustrated by … Continue reading Genealogy and the Irish Famine Eviction Project

‘I speak of what these eyes have seen, these hands have touched, these ears heard’: Fr James Maher of Carlow

In September 1847 the county Carlow based priest, Fr James Maher, appealed for help across all classes and religions as another year of Famine gripped Ireland. Maher was a staunch critic of evictions and openly criticised landlords who engaged in such practice. It was hardly surprising given the level of eviction in the Carlow area … Continue reading ‘I speak of what these eyes have seen, these hands have touched, these ears heard’: Fr James Maher of Carlow

Tackling the smallholders: The notorious George Garvey

Tackling the smallholders: The notorious George Garvey Throughout the course of the Great Famine George Garvey served as agent to a number of estates in King’s County (Offaly) including the Holmes estate at Moneygall; the Drought at Whigsborough; the Moony estate at Doon; the Norbury estate at Durrow; the Toler estate at Parsonstown (now Birr); … Continue reading Tackling the smallholders: The notorious George Garvey

James Cuffe: A County Mayo Evictor

On a single day in June 1846, during the proceedings of the Ballinrobe quarter sessions in county Mayo, thirty-three ejectment notices were issued. In total these ‘notices to quit’ affected more than 350 people and in some cases entire townlands. There was nothing extraordinary about the number of ejectment notices which were issued ion this occasion in Ballinrobe, … Continue reading James Cuffe: A County Mayo Evictor

What happened the Widow Corboy?

In May 1846 Michael Corboy of Cullenwaine, near Shinrone in King’s County (Offaly) was brought before the Moneygall Petty Sessions for using insulting and threatening behaviour towards a landlord . Henry Smith of Clareen, near Shinrone summoned young Corboy for insulting behaviour and having ‘curled as wattle’ over his head following the eviction of his mother, … Continue reading What happened the Widow Corboy?