All That's Left?
Is today all that bad when you look back at those hard times? At least we have Skype, easy access to air travel and relative comfort at home.
Here is a extract from a letter from Mai Gleasure of The Square Listowel to her brother, Frank in the U.S. The letter is dated November 21 1916.
"We are witnessing some very bad weather, since the first October we've had three great floods, the river Feale over-flowing its banks to an awful extent and drowning cattle and destroying crops especially potatoes, which has made them very scarce and dear, the present price of potatoes is 14 pence a stone thats about three times as dear they would be at this time of year. Always, in fact every-thing is carrying an awful price and some things very hard to be got at any price."
Pat O'Donnell took this photo in Limerick in the 1960's
This postcard was called Travellers in Kerry. No one in today's Ireland is forced to live like this.