Evidence of Father Barry, Parish priest, East Schull, West Cork, 1844, Ballydehob Copper Mines, Most Miners from District, Some from England, Wages for labourers comfortable 1 shilling per day, piece work for the women sorting, as opposed to 8d per day on a farm if available and on Emigration (Pre-Famine) if Provision was made would be availed of from Friends letters Abroad there is no Tyranny, No Oppression from Landlords, No Taxes, One of Two Ships recently Freighted for emigration from Ballydehob, Interesting the Emigration question was asked relative to the Colonies. Within three years an enormous exodus would begin not to the Colonies but to the USA, Land of The Free.

Interesting the emigration question was asked relative to the colonies. Within three years an enormous exodus would begin not to the colonies but to the USA, Land of The Free.

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