Posted by: irishhungercomm | April 26, 2012

Famine in Kilrush – An Inquiry

Submitted as a comment by Brian Comerford

We are hoping that Kilrush, Co. Clare, may be considered for the 2013 Commemoration. There is sound historical justification for this – the details are to be found at:

Famine in Kilrush – An Inquiry


December 1849, Kilrush, County Clare, Ireland. A Reporter has been despatched to investigate reports of distress and starvation. It is the period now known as The Great Irish Famine. There is no food, no shelter and the Board of Guardians, charged with relieving distress, have run out of money. The reporter interviews paupers, the Landlord, Reverend Osborne, the Poor Law Inspector and the Parish Priest. He also attends a harrowing inquest on the body of a child, found dead.

This dramatization is based on contemporary records. By way of brief illustration of the effects of the Great Irish Famine, Kilrush in 1841 had a population of 5,071. It has never exceeded 2,800 in the intervening years.



  1. A number of local authors have considered the Famine and its effects. These include Brian Comerford and Matthew Bermingham. Other local authors have also researched the 1800s and written about that time from a different perspective. believe Kilrush could host a very interesting commemoration/ summer school/ round table in depth and informed discussion on that period of history

  2. Is the Brian Comerford mentioned here a descendant of Henry Comerford who was a Galway and Clare landlord at the time of the Famine. He held land in North Clare in the Ennistymon Union and rented out his property nearby as an auxilliary workhouse for women?

    I’m doing research on Comerford regarding the loss of his immigrant ship the Brig St. John off the coast of Cohasset, MA. on 7 October 1849?

    Appreciate any info you can send.

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