Yesterday we visited Parsonstown AKA Birr and the grandeur of Cumberlands column. Today we go north to Donegal and the poverty of a scraw hut near Gweedore.
With thanks to the community, and especially B-59
, our attention is drawn to the fact that this family appear in a series of images - with this shot highlighting their (hopefully) temporary shelter after eviction from their previous home
. Sharon also highlights a Newspaper report
on the evictions (and a subsequent geneological note
) that a farm laborourer named Daniel O'Donnell had made a temporary turf hut for his family following their eviction. While we have no confirmation that this image is of the O'Donnell family, guliolopez
delights in ending the story on a more positive note - that by the 1901 census, Daniel O'Donnell was living with his family locally
- back in a stone house with at least 2 rooms, 3 windows, and thatched roof. Not the Ritz by any stretch, but hopefully an improvement from the temporary dwelling we see here...
Photographer: Robert French
Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection
Date: between 1888-1890
NLI Ref: L_ROY_01366
You can also view this image, and many thousands of others, on the NLI’s catalogue at catalogue.nli.ie
Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
Source: Flickr Commons