Ireland 1845–52

A Famine Protestant School for converting Catholics in Mayo. Most benefactors gave generously and freely, a small number were Evangelical Protestant zealots. They gave soup, money and clothing only to those who gave up their faith and converted to Protestantism. These evangelical Protestants were called ‘soupers’ and their recruiting activity was called ‘souperism’. The connection between saving lives and proselytizing led to much bitterness. Those whose hunger superseded everything converted, were derided, and referred to as ‘soupers’. The term persisted long after the Famine and, for generations, whole families would be known in a locality as ‘soupers’. Taken from The Truth Behind The Irish Famine, 100 images, 400 eye witness quotes:

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