Sunday, November 17, 2013

Before and After the Famine in Beara -- Allihies Parish & Dursey Island

Compiled by Riobard O'Dwyer


  1. Cluin, my gr grandparent's hometown, apparently gained significantly in population during this time frame. Was this due to the fact that the people were able to eat since they were gainfully employed, or because people flocked here during the famine to find jobs when there was nowhere else to work? And if the second, did this mean that wages were then decreased for the miners since there was now a labor surplus?

    1. Thanks for your comment, Barbara. I'll see what I can do to come up with an answer to your questions.

    2. Here's what Riobard has to say in reply to your question, Barbara:

      They flocked to Cluin and to the Allihies Copper Mines beside it, because of the steady work there, even though it was very tough going.
      No, the wages were not decreased. There was never a labour surplus there. Food was very scarce then, and the steady work in the copper mines helped alot. When the price of copper decreased, there was a large emigration ---- principally to the USA at the time.