Upcoming Lecture 27 September: The poor and provision for their relief in pre-famine Carbury
Where: Edenderry Parish Centre, 8pm (All welcome)
The talk, entitled ‘The poor and provision for their relief in pre-famine Carbury’, will provide an insight into the condition of the poor in west Kildare / north Offaly in the decade prior to the Great Famine. Using the barony of Carbury as a case study, the paper will draw on a selection of primary sources, particularly parliamentary reports and Church of Ireland vestry minute books, to illustrate the wealth of information available to us today on the state of the poor in the 1830s.
Crucial to the day-to-day existence of the poor in this period was the network of relief mechanisms available to them – whether through a local church or charity, or falling back on the informal assistance of friends, family and neighbours. Where appropriate, contrasts will be made between poverty and relief availability in rural Carbury and the urban setting of Edenderry.
Ciarán McCabe, from Lucan, Co. Dublin, is in the second year of a PhD at the Department of History at NUI Maynooth. His topic, which is being supervised by Dr Jacinta Prunty, focuses on perceptions of and responses to street begging in Ireland, 1815-1860. He is an Irish Research Council scholar, an assistant editor of Irish History Online, and holds degrees from NUIM and UCD.