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 Cork Examiner 2 May 1849

The Pilot 21 October 1846

State of the Country

Dungarvan – More Arrests - Intimidation – State of the People

Dungarvan – Monday night, October 19 - On this night 16 persons have added to the very great number already in custody, for intimidating the farmers and to pay back the con acre rent received by them this year. They were arrested last night in and about the neighbourhood of Dromana and Villierstown by the police of three stations. An investigation was held previous to their being committed for trial to the Villierstown Petty Sessions.

Condition of the People

The condition of the people is truly heart-rending. They are starving! One of the dragoons, a very intelligent man, gave me a most deplorable account of the sights witnessed by them as they came along today by the houses of their prisoners. They were followed by frantic looking women and children, half naked, whose cries were unlike anything human – being husky, broken, and quite feeble from starvation. Is there to be any remedy – any panacea for this awful evil, now staring the country in the face? The landlords of this country have done their duty in this matter, by taxing their properties enormously to afford general employment. The Irish part of the government have done what they could. But it would seem that all is destined to prove abortive, in consequence of no measures being taken to reduce the famine price of food. Indian meal is two shillings a stone; wages per day, only ten pence. This sum would purchase about 6 pounds in weight of meal. What will they do for fire to boil it on, condiments to use with it, and the various other indispensable necessaries of life?

Small group of children standing in the street at Villierstown Village, Co. Waterford ,Cira 1890



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