Death from eviction at Derryharrif, Mayo in 1851

The Freeman’s Journal in December 1851 reported the melancholy news that a man had died in a ditch at Derryharrif, near Castlebar but added little else except for the fact that he had lately been evicted from his holding. (FJ, 5 December 1851)

The Jones Evictions, Manulla

The following families were evicted on the 26th inst., from the townland of Ruslahan (the property of Henry S.Jones, Esq., Mountjoy Square, Dublin)in the Parish and Electoral Division of Drum, and Union of Castlebar, viz: –James Foster; James Dowd, Thomas Kerigan, James Kerigan; John Dowd,Richard Barrett, James Kennedy, Pat McDonnell, James Killilea, in fever;Michael Moran, in fever; Daniel Surdival, Hubert Bourke. [The Telegraph, 7 November 1848]

House levelling at Islandeady

The crowbar invincibles pulled down several houses,and drove forth the fortunate inmates to sleep in the adjoining fields. On Thursday we witnessed the wretched creatures endeavouring to root out the timber of the houses, with the intention of constructing some sort of sheds to screen their children from the heavy rain falling at the time. On Wednesday night there was a deluge of rain, the severity of which those poor creatures were exposed to in the open fields.Unfortunately for them, the pitiless pelting storm has continued ever since,and if they have survived its severity they must be more than human beings. [The Telegraph 5 July 1848]


The Lucan evictions, Ballinrobe 1847-’50

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Was ever such monstrous cruelty – such gross injustice – known or tolerated in any civilized country? It is painful – it is heart-rending, to witness the shifts of these poor, unfortunate wanderers to provide some temporary resting place -throwing up hurdles against ditches and on the tops of lime kilns in neighbouring villages, to make room for themselves and their naked children to stretch their feint, and feeble, and worn frames of their bed of straw or rushes during the night.

Peter Gerraghty, R.C.C.; Michael Curley, R.C.C, Castlebar, June 20, 1848


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