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Key & Resources
In rural Ireland in the 1840s poor people lived simply on a diet based on milk and potatoes. They ate potatoes and milk for breakfast and the same for dinner. Occasionally they would have eaten a herring, an egg or oat-meal bread.
During the 1840s labouring men ate between 12 and 14 lbs of potatoes every day. These were consumed with an ample supply of buttermilk.
During the Famine years people died not so much as a result of starvation but from the diseases fostered by malnutrition.
During the ten years from 1841 to 1851 Fermanagh lost 26% of its people. All parts of the county were affected.
No records survive of the exact numbers who emigrated from Fermanagh. Many would have sailed from the port of Londonderry.
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