Views of Ireland — 3 Comments

  1. There was a series of coastal famines throughout the Eighteenth century that corresponded to the ending of the wars. But the war with France and expansion of Empire kept the coastal communities going. They were making the base for gunpowder, and were one long chemical industry. But it was the ending of the Corn Law supports that did for the labourers in the East, South and Midlands.
    Have you encountered the Maynooth Grant yet.

  2. The Famine as punishment for the Maynooth Grant was still an idea I encountered in the North in the Eighties!

  3. The grant had been going since about 1795, and Peel more than tripled it. But between it and the corn law repeal set up the splits in Westminster but also the conditions of profound lack of sympathy when the famine really hit.

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