GENIRE-L Archives

Archiver > GENIRE > 2003-03 > 1047349396

From: Rachel & Robert H Smith <>
Subject: Re: GENIRE-D Digest V03 #102 RE Corn meal receipt
Date: Mon, 10 Mar 2003 18:24:35 -0800
References: <>

In his book The Great Hunger Cecil Woodham-Smith says that there were a
lot of problems with corn as a famine relief import. Irish mills were
built for softer oat grain and could not get corn fine enough to cook
edibly. After long cooking, the coarse chunks were still irritating and
hard to digest so that half-starving people suffered stomach aches. For
evicted people the fuel for long cooking would have been hard come-by.

Grinding the meal twice, as done in America, was regarded as an
unsuitable indulgence apt to make accepting charity attractive. People
were advised to grind it themselves with handmills that they could not
afford. Corn was chosen to be imported because it didn't compete with
any Irish product. Cathy has posted informative news articles about
Irish food products being exported at this time. I recommend the above
book about the mismanagement of famine relief
Rachel Smith



Re: Excerpts from Irish newspapers

(Dennis Ahern)

Mon, 10 Mar 2003 18:25:34 +0000 (UTC)


On Sunday morning week, as Mr. Lister, the
Curate of Shanagolden Chapel, had just
commenced the performance of his clerical
duties, a document was handed to him, on seal of
which the coronet of the ci devant Spring Rice
displayed its broad properties with all the
pomposity for which the polite proprietor has
been celebrated. Knowing the state of destitution
with which the poor creatures on the Monteagle
estates are at present struggling, Mr. Lister tore
open the dispatch, expecting to find either a
cheque for some £200 or £300, or an order for
an equivalent value of meal ; but on the contents
being turned out he found--a receipt [recipe] for
cooking Indian corn!--Armagh Gazette.

--The Cork Examiner, 7 December 1846

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Dennis Ahern | Ireland Newspaper

This thread: