Corrib Connect


The Impact of The Famine around the Corrib

West of the Corrib

Murt Molloy of the Killanin and oughterard Local History has recently published his research into the impact of The Famine in the Barony of Moycullen in 10 parts. The Barony of Moucullen is very large, has an area of 145.1 km² / 35,851.1 acres / 56.0 square miles, and stretches from the Corrib to Spiddal. For anyone interested in how The Famine affected those in the Oughterard area, this is an absolute must read. The coverage of all aspects of The Famine is comprehensive. Part 2 for example outlines the role of Sir Charles Trevelyan, he of “The Fields of Athenry” fame.

East of the Corrib

Mayo was one counties most affected by The Famine as outlined here.

Annals of the Famine in Ireland by Asenath Nicholson (1851) has an account of The Famine in Cong.

Maggieblanck.com has a detailed account of the impact of The Famine in Ireland which includes incidents east of the Corrib.

Mayo County Council have published a summary of the impact of The Famine in Mayo - Mayo County Library Exhibition. This refers to the efforts of Fr. Waldron, PP of Cong and  Rev. Moore, the Protestant Rector to alleviate the suffering of the local inhabitants.

Henry Coulter’s account of the afternath of The Famine provides graphic details of the suffering and  tribulations of the people around Cong in 1861-1862 some 12 years after The Famine.