Mass burial pits in Skibbereen, Cork

In the autumn of 1846, it became clear how dire the situation in Ireland was. The potato was diseased and inedible. It was emigration, starvation, or the workhouse. People began to flood into the Workhouses. Based on indoor relief, they could not cope with the overcrowding, the disease and the deaths. Corpses, without coffins, were carried on carts day after day to be thrown into mass burial pits in the workhouse grounds and surrounding graveyard. Taken from The Truth Behind The Irish Famine. 72 paintings, 400 eyewitness quotes:

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