into the STATE OF THE POORER CLASSES IN IRELAND 441 Appendix (A.)
Able-bodied out of Woiik.
Persons who attended the Examination.
Munster, ij^Tjv narish priest.â€”Rev.
John Baiuiy, catholic curate.â€”.John
Brooks, farmer, County Cork.
James dakk-x, i i >
i ,Â«o â€žpl.
â€ž naVSlÂ«-10S-I Tx/r a t-i i i i x t I'Aitiiiinnlinns tjikon by i-pays 301 per annum rent.â€”Mr.
AnnxANurn English, churchwarden last year.â€”James
Thomas Martin, Ebq?
t161' firmer pays 33^-per annum rent.â€”Cornelius
Maiiony, JohnLulor, E*q.
' 'jays 10/.
per annum rent.â€”James
Maiiony, quarryman and labourer.â€”John
Muiirnv, -,, ,.,
aim Lon nnd labourer.â€”Richard
Saltfh, fanner, pays 14/.
per annum rent.â€”William
quarryman ana iduuu
c i * -, 0
W est Carberv, Shannon, farmer, pays 36/.
per annum rent.â€”Mr.
James Swanton, merchantâ€”J ames Swanton, (W(Jg>t Division /'
â€”Thomas Swanton, cscp Swtxtman, esq.,
^arrvman and labourer.â€”John
Sullivan, quarryman and labourer.â€”Rev.
John Tiuphook, protestant curateâ€”Timothy Tuomy, labourer.
2Tote When the names
" Mahony" and "Sullivan" occur, the per&ons meant are "James Mahony" and "Daniel Sullivan."
From the latter end of May to tbe beginning of August, half the labourers are unemÂ¬ ployed.
In the months of December, January and February, there is very little employÂ¬ ment.
Many have been heard to say, it would be better to be in gaol than in their condition when out of employment; but there have been no cases known of persons committing crimes for the purpose of being sent there.
There are no instances of labourers being able to save money.
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oiumn-ii vYimi vju.b.
" I was out last year, near Doneraile, cutting the harvest ; 1 went out in August, and staid 13 weeks.
I brought home 34.v.*
I did noi drink a pint of whiskey while I was out.
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â€¢ 1 â€¢
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1 n , -a Sunday, when I was not getting my elicit from a farmer, 1 might take a pint of porter, and id.
worth of bread.
I did not spend it on myself, because it was for niy little family I went oat to earn it.
I did not go out this season, because I expected to got employment at the mine."
Sullivan says, "i went out.
last season, too, and staid away nine weeks; I brought home 19 s.''
Barry thinks there are about !(>()
men who leave this parish to look for employment in the potato-digging season.
Many were kept at home Ibis season by the hope of getting employment at the mines.
I could got 100 men in the turn of a hand to work for Gd.
a day without diet.
" J know a man living near me, that is looking for employÂ¬ ment in the mine * his name is on the list, and he is going every day to see if he will be taken; there are a great many others applying for employment there just, as bad."
Labourers go to England also from this'parish sometimes.
Cornelius Mahony says, "There was a brother of mine went to England last May; he owed some money for potatoes betook on time, and he went to sec if he could earn enough to pay it; if he can make up enough to pay, he will conic home before Christmas ; but if not, he will stay.
I am afraid we will not see "him at Christmas."
" Two neighbours of mine went off to England last May; one of them, Daniel Dugganc, has an old man, a father, a sister, and a brother; he left them a little garden, sot, and went to tiy, would he get as much as would release it; he did not bring home 5.v.
The other man, Harvey, has a father and mother and sister; he came back' about, three weeks ago, and brought a sovereign; both of the men had enough to take them to England, but I am in dread it was low enough there with them; they would be ashamed to tell the way they were in."
Being asked how they got home, the witness says,
<v They had to pay for the steam to Waterford, and they came from that here, much the same as begging ; they would go into a farmer's house ancl ask lodging, and it would not be refused."
" I was in bngland twice, once about eight years ago, and I got nothing by it but what brought me home to Cork; another man, a comrade 1 had, gave me what brought me from Cork here.
1 went to England again, about three years ago, and before I came home I sent over 11.
to tree a little garden I had."
Barry asked the reason why the second trip turned out so differently from the first.
The witness says,
" I was married, and had a young family we second tune.
When I had no one but myself, I would spend freer; but when I had them to look to, I would be content to want it in many ways myself, that they might have it."
e numher who go to England is less than it was "formerly.
Early marriages are very common 111 this parish.
< V have married boys of 10, and girls of 14 or 17 ^ anY from 1G to 20; it arises in part from the facility of setting up an establishÂ¬ ment, and m part from the wretchedness of their condition.
'Where a poor servant-boy m un a tanner, he says, " I have no one to wash for me or do anything; I may as well dve a wife to keep house ; we will be able to make out life some way or other, and I do no uore now.
The following cases mentioned by the labourers illustrate this remark : John cnvÂ«tT5 V-ervant"bÂ°y abÂ°ut 1G> married a girl about 17 ; "he had scarcely as much as could conhSrlSrn; tlley had scarcely bed-clothes to cover them; he is as badly off now; he butL-x7e worse" Daly, about 17, married a girl about 16 years; they were servants,
uot m tbe same house; Â» he was not 6 d.
above a beggar."
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