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

Eviction at Drimnagh, County Roscommon

Eviction at Drimnagh, County Roscommon By Jody Moylan The townland of Drimnagh, near the village of Tulsk (and in the Ogulla electoral division), now much under forestry, was the site of wholesale clearance and eviction in 1845, the first year of the Famine. Thomas J. Barton was the landlord (absentee). The Ordnance Survey historic 6-inch … Continue reading Eviction at Drimnagh, County Roscommon

The demise of Marrin

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

Irish Famine Eviction Project Update (Feb 2017)

The new year has seen the Irish Famine Eviction Project busy updating the Eviction Map (see ) which when it went live in late 2016 had almost 500 sites of eviction recorded. A revised map will shortly be in place bringing this number to close to 800. We now have over 450 subscribers to the IFEP mailchimp … Continue reading Irish Famine Eviction Project Update (Feb 2017)

Eviction from Ballyduneen, Clare

Of course the process of eviction did not end on the day a family was removed. Eviction had far reaching consequences with long-standing close communities devastated and people being scattered across the globe as a result. Alan Jones has contributed information relating to his ancestors, John Carmody and family who left Ballyduneen, County Clare for New South Wales … Continue reading Eviction from Ballyduneen, Clare