The Grufán and the Spade, Abandoned Famine Lazy Potato Beds, Kicrohane, West Cork.

The Grufán is a tool used in famine times to grub out plots from sods where a spade would not be suitable.  It is still used to batted down clods after ploughing.

West of Kilcrohane there are a number of exampled of lazy beds abandoned after the famine, never dug.  In 1841 the Munitervara Peninsula had a population of around 10,000, one of the most densely populated non urban areas in the world excluding bog, mountain and lake  There are around 1,00o now on the Peninsula.

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