Exploration in Bantry

Exploration in BantryPoverty, Wretchedness, and Filth of the DwellingsGrand Poorhouse standing unoccupiedWigwam RowMy attendant, JohnEmployment a NoveltyBeautiful Bay of BantryGlengariffBad choice of a Lodging-houseA Motley AudienceNo Refuge from the StaringMorning LeveeLord Bantry's CottageHospitality at the GatehouseCall at my ill-chosen Lodgings

When about leaving Cork for Killarney I intended taking the shortest and cheapest route; but Father Mathew said, "If you wish to seek out the poor, go to Bantry; there you will see misery in all and in every form." I took his advice, went to Bantry, and there found a wild, dirty sea-port, with cabins built upon the rocks and hills, having the most antiquated and forlorn appearance of any town I had seen; the people going about not with sackcloth upon their heads, for this they could not purchase, but in rags and tatters such as no country but Ireland could hang out.

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This book cannot be recommended highly enough to those interested in Irish social history. The author, Mrs Asenath Nicholson, travelled from her native America to assess the condition of the poor in Ireland during the mid 1840s. Her journey took her through the counties of Dublin, Wicklow, Wexford, Tipperary, Cork, Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Cork, Kerry, as well as parts of King's County (now Offaly) and Queen's County (now Laois).

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