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The Famine January 1st 1845 The sun rose in the East and Ireland began to wake up to another beautiful day The cows and sheep in the field open their eyes the wild flowers let out the colour of their leaves to the outside world and Patrick began to stir Patrick King and his family Susan his wife Seamus his son and Mary his daughterThe sun crept across the floor resting on Patrick as well as the hay beneath him in which he made beds for his family Some Hens crept in through the open door and investigated the new scene Life in Ireland wasnt too complicated to many of the Irish Nearly every one was a farmer and did all right at that as long as the Land Lord didnt kick them off his land You were considered lucky if you had a few hens andor a cow but not many people were fortunate to have that luxury Potatoes nearly everybody grew them and for good reason at that Potatoes had everything anybody needed in nutrition and what was left out could easily be substituted with butter milk This was one of the secrets to good health for most Irish men even though they were dreadfully poor Due to subdividing most families had very little land and even less to leave each of their children The Irish divided their land up and give it to their children When their children were older they would do the same It was clear that in not to soon there wouldnt be enough land to live on In many a cases this did happen Either they had too little food or not enough to sell and pay the Land Lord both led to death on the road Yes corpses were very common on the roads and who would spare their time to clean them up The sad thing is that children were so used to
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