Ireland 1838

Gustave De Beaumont. Five half naked children may be seen near a miserable fire, the ashes of which cover a few potatoes, the sole nourishment for the family. In the midst of it all lies a dirty pig, the only thriving inhabitant of the place, and he lies in filth. The presence of the pig in an Irish hovel may at first seem an indication of misery; on the contrary, it is a sign of comparative comfort. Indigence is more extreme in the hovel where no pig is to be found”. Taken from The Truth Behind The Irish Famine, 100 images, 472 eye witness quotes: http://www.jerrymulvihill.com

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