The 150TH commemoration of the Great Irish famine has led to renewed interest in the regional impact of this watershed in Irish history. This is a micro-regional analysis of the social and spatial staple food of almost 40 per cent of this midland Union's population. It challenges the traditional portrayal of the peasantry as merely helpless victims of both laissez-faire economics and evicting landlords. This region's microcosmic replication of the country's famine experience is examined in the context of the effects of this experience on the Union's various communities of interest.
Number 21 in the Maynooth Studies in Local History Series