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
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?
As conditions worsened during 1846 and 1847, increasingly the starving and evicted began to voice their anger in a more menacing way. As most landlords were too far removed to face the wrath of disgruntled tenants, naturally it was their agents, bailiffs, drivers and other estate workers who bore the brunt of this discontent. In … Continue reading Murder, mayhem and the Irish Famine
For a number of years now Jarlath McNamara has been researching the life of Patrick Sarsfield Gilmore, one of the most successful Irish Famine emigrants in 19th Century America. Jarlath now shares with us two examples of eviction in county Galway during the Famine years including the story of 'Ballybeggarman' and how evicted tenants were … Continue reading Boughill Eviction, Galway
As the Irish Famine Eviction Project continues thousands of names of those evicted from the land are compiled, all of which offer fresh insights into the impact of the Famine at a local level. Newspaper reporters and commentators often included personal details of those percieved to have been harshly treated during the process of eviction. … Continue reading Another Louth House Leveller
No county, village or townland it seems was exempt from the visit of the so-called 'Crowbar Brigade'. These men, usually local and plied with alcohol before the commencement of their duties, were universally despised. In Monaghan the fabled 'Shirley Brigade' particularly active in the early 1850s levelling houses. As this example illustrates their activity on … Continue reading The demise of Marrin
Jailed in 1881 for his involvement in the Land League, Fr Eugene Sheehy often recalled the Famine years, particularly during the 1880s when scenes of eviction were once more commonplace throughout the country. Born in Broadford, county Limerick in 1841 Sheehy recalled how he had vivid memories of the 'hut tumblers' wreaking havoc on the … Continue reading Fr Eugene Sheehy- ‘The Land League Priest’
In March 1853 Colonel Pratt underwent something of a change of heart in relation to evictions he had carried out on his Donegal estate the previous year. The decision to do so earned him the thanks of the afflicted tenantry. Can you help us locate the estate in question? If so please get in touch … Continue reading A change of heart?
The Annaghmore Evictions, 1853 In October 1853 the Freeman's Journal reported that all evicted tenants from Annaghmore, county Galway had emigrated to America. These 33 families had been evicted in May of 1853. Did the landlord pay them to go? Who was the landlord in question? If you have any information on these evictions please get in … Continue reading The Annaghmore Evictions, Galway 1853
'The children and grandchildren of the evicted tenants are awaiting for their own parliament to restore them to their birth right’ Kinnitty Castle c1904 (or Castlebernard as it was then known). Irish traditional music and ballads depict landlords and their agents as being rapacious and all too eager to evict tenants from their holdings. In Offaly … Continue reading Eviction at Kinnitty, Offaly in 1852