Friday, November 14, 2008
These buildings are part of a famine workhouse scheme that were set up after the famine to feed and house the starving population. There was a high mortality in the workhouses due to the conditions and to rampant disease. Portumna workhouse was built in 1852 and had an 'Poor law Union' area covering 121 square miles and was designed to house 600 people.
There were numerous famines in Irish History there were 2 "Great Famines" one in the 1740's that is not as reported on where 10% of the population died, and one a hundred years later where around 13% of the population died and 1.5 million people immigrated. studied
The latter is more reported because it was avoidable, it was caused by poor policies of the British Government and a deliberate slow reply and has been described as a Demicide, as opposed to Genocide where the extermination was planned.
sorry but I hadn't time to get better pics
Posted by Paz at 10:43 PM