Relief by Direction of His Excellency The Lord Lieutenant, Dublin Castle, 1822, from The Commission Appointed To Receive Applications of Relief for The Poor in the Distressed Districts of Ireland, including to Lord Viscount Bantry and The Reverend Alcock, Durrus, Clonakilty, Glandore, Skibbereen areas.

The amount included in the frame are not visible but are not considerable.

Apart from The Great Famine in 1847, periodic famines were a feature of Ireland’s distressed districts from the mid 18th century. even when there was no famine a large part of the population lived on the edge of starvation and distress.

One of the consequences of the 1822 famine was legislation to enable major infrastructure works many carried out by Richard Griffith:

http://www.csorp.nationalarchives.ie/context/1822.html

http://www.skibbereen.ie/the-great-famine/

http://www.historyireland.com/18th-19th-century-history/pray-pity-your-poor-people-the-mahon-papers-and-the-famine-of-1822-in-the-west/

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