Irish Famine cottage at Slea Head, Ventry, Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry, Ireland. The famine houses were homes where poor Irish farmers lived during the potato famine and date to approximately the 1840s. The generations of families who lived in this house had to endure extreme hardships especially during the Famine years. The cottage was built using mud and stone in the early 19th century. It originally consisted of two rooms and a loft. A ladder was used to gain access to the loft rather than the stairs, which was built later. the timberwork used on the roof came from a shipwreck (“raic”). Searching the base of the Dún Beag cliffs, opposite the cottage, for shipwrecked material was a common feature of the local people’s daily lives. In fact there was a small narrow walkway leading down through the steep precipice to the base of the cliffs.
Altogether, about a million people in Ireland are reliably estimated to have died of starvation and epidemic disease between 1846 and 1851 during the Famine and some two million emigrated in a period of a little more than a decade (1845-55).
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