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Wednesday 21 March 2018

Religious group's famine records put on internet

Barry Duggan

DETAILED records of an Irish religious group dating back to the 18th century have been made available for public viewing on the internet.

The Religious Society of Friends, better known as the Quakers, was founded in 1652 and records of Limerick and Clare members and their activities can now be accessed on Limerick City Council's website.

During the famine, the group helped to set up soup kitchens across the country and organised the distribution of seeds for other food crops. About €14m -- in today's money -- was raised for the country mainly from Quakers living abroad during the famine.

Limerick city archivist, Jacqui Hayes said Quakers were well known for their charity work and innovation.

Among the records online are the Quakers' relief committee minutes books, which record their decisions in relation to relief in Clare and Limerick during the famine.

Irish Independent

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