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The Irish Famine Pot…

The Famine Pot [which contained the soup] ‘’sometimes referred to as workhouse pots’’ were made of cast iron. They came in various sizes and most of them were supplied by the Government under the Soup Kitchen Act to alleviate hunger and prevent starvation, by providing free soup to the populace.

 


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Famine Pot, Cullionboy, Co Donegal

 Background
During the Great Famine there was a famine pot located on the roadside in the Townland of Cullionboy, in the Parish of Townawilly in County Donegal. The famine pot became the property of local farmer, Patrick Colhoun. In later years the pot was used to heat water by the local farmers when they were dipping sheep.

 


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John Cassidy & Mattie Lennon

In July 2011, I went in search of the famine pot only to discover it had been attacked and broken in a number of pieces. A quick check revealed only two small pieces of the pot were missing. One of the pieces was found a few days later in a nearby stream. Thanks to the expertise of Stephen Jarvis, who was given the onerous task of welding the pieces together, the famine pot was restored to its former glory….read more

 

 

Miniature Famine Pots

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Got a Famine Pot?

If you think you have a famine pot in your ownership or in your village or townland then take a picture of it and send it in to us. We will place it in our gallery of Famine Pots. Contact us today for any queries.

The Famine Pot [which contained the soup] ‘’sometimes referred to as workhouse pots’’ were made of cast iron. They came in various sizes and most of them were supplied by the Government under the Soup Kitchen Act to alleviate hunger and prevent starvation, by providing free soup to the populace.

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