This is an example of an old Irish cottage mentioned in "Exodus from Hell", by Patricia Hegarty. The story is about the Irish Famine and the English Invasion. Times were hard and people suffered in hellish conditions.
80 years after the Claddagh was torn down, one new classic thatched cottage will be built there to create a heritage site. The popularity of Claddagh rings has kept interest in the old fishing village in Galway up over the years.
In 1879 alone over Irish people were evicted from their land and left to starve. They had very little land and were unable to grow enough crops to feed themselves and pay the ren. Charles Stuart Parnell, Irish Land League, Evictions in Ireland
The 1841 census graded houses in Ireland into four classes. The lowest class consisted of mud and thatch cabins of a single windowless room like this. My ancestor, William Casey, May have lived in a house like this before he went to Scotland in about