When Silence Came to the West

Reporting Live from Dublin, Ireland

Hello all and welcome to our second week exploring Ireland together. Today I have decided to follow up on the post I made about the abandoned village in county Mayo while the stories of the people and region are still fresh in my mind. On Friday I posted    of a picture of a series of the remains of stone houses, telling the story of an entire village of people who left their homes in search of food and work in larger towns. The time period surrounding events such as mass emigration* starts with a single crop. The potato.

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The people in the west of Ireland had long been a poor people, eating a diet of milk, butter and potatoes, living in small, thatched cottages   oftentimes housing more than 10 people at a time. During this time family life was focused on maintain the land, much of it nutrient deficient soil…

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