Monthly Archives: April 2011

The 1849 Visit of Queen Victoria to Ireland

Four years into the Famine, most of the Poor Unions set up to run Ireland’s workhouses were in dire straits – overwhelmed by the demand for relief and all but bankrupt as the only funding they received was from local … Continue reading

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How the Famine-era Irish Planted Potatoes

            There’s quite a bit of nonsense on the Internet about how the Irish grew potatoes.  First of all, the appellation ‘lazy beds’ was coined by the English to describe the Irish practice of planting potatoes in … Continue reading

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