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INQUIRY INTO THE POOR IN IRELAND 1836 27 Oct 2016 16:29 #1449

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SECOND REPORT OF THE COMMISSIONERS FOR INQUIRING INTO THE CONDITION OF THE POORER CLASSES IN IRELAND.

www.dippam.ac.uk/eppi/documents/11295/eppi_pages/262536

This includes reports that even as early as 1836, well before the potato blight there were many poor and many migrating out of Ireland, to England, America, Canada.

This about Co. Cork
1836 Poor Law Enquiry told by Father Kelleher, Curate that of Muintir Bháire, Parish, 300 had left the parish and went mostly to Quebec as it was cheaper and intended to follow on to the USA, generally evicted tenants or young men lately married who could not obtain land at home. Some were servants but all ‘were persons willing and able to work with little capital, few of them left with as much as £20, some had only £2 or £3 one man emigrated even without shoes. Those who went were people of good character. In nearby area Lionel Fleming of Goleen said 100 had left mostly ‘respectable Protestants’, in Schull Father Barry said tradesmen, hardy labourers and farmers with £20 to £60 capital though few of the last class, almost universally to Canada. Dr. Traill, Rector of Ballydehob said 90 had left in his parish in 1831 and 40 in 1832, Protestants in comfortable circumstances.

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