Friday 28 July 2017

Mystery photo of survivor part of exhibition remembering Famine

This very rare photo shows an unknown famine survivor taken in 1853
This very rare photo shows an unknown famine survivor taken in 1853
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This very rare photo shows an unknown famine survivor taken in 1853.

The incredible snap was taken by photographer John Gregory Crace on the estate of the Duke of Devonshire in Co Waterford.

It is part of a new exhibition that will kick off later this month to commemorate the Irish Famine, which lasted from 1845 to 1852.

Historian Gerard McCarthy is organising 'The Irish Potato Famine' exhibition, which will run on the top floor of St Stephen's Green Shopping Centre from May 29 until September 30.

"This is a very important year as it is 170 years since 1847, which is considered to have been the worst year of the famine," Mr McCarthy said. "This photo is of a man who we believe was a labourer.

"The man who owns this photo reckons it is the oldest photo that exists of the Irish Famine, it's extremely rare as photography would have still been quite new."

Irish Independent

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