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The famine pot is a reminder of a turbulent and harrowing time in Ireland’s history. The Great Famine lasted from 1845-1852 and is said that during this time Ireland’s population decreases by approximately 25% due to disease, starvation and emigration. The femine pots were used in workhouses across Ireland during the famine to aid in feeding the people affected by hunger and starvation. Many of the workhouses were provided with a pot by the goverment under the Soup Kitchen Act of 1847. Also a party of Quakers travelled to Donegal during the worst of the Famine to see for themselves the state of the people. They were shocked at the terrible conditions and set up soup kitchens throughout the County to feed the starving. The Quakers donate 19 large iron cauldrons to Donegal. Most of these were made in Shropshire and shipped from Liverpool.
Photogrammetry done by Jurand Macioszczyk
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