County Cork Ireland
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Abbeystrowry Cemetery is located in Skibbereen.
Periodically, Ireland has suffered from famine since potatoes became the staple food of the country, about 1700. For instance, in 1740/41 there was a bad famine and 400,000 people perished. Again, in 1822 the potato crop failed owing to bad weather, and though there was plenty of grain in the country, because of bad distribution, Skibbereen, in May 1822 was reported to be in a state of distress "horrible beyond description". Typhus and dysentery followed and there were many deaths.
But the famine of 1846/47 has made a deeper impression on the families living in Skibbereen than any of the earlier ones for the area was one of the most severely stricken regions in Ireland.
As a result, many of our forefathers were buried in unmarked graves. Today, their descendants are remembering them by placing tablets at the entrance of the cemetery with the family names and where they lived in Skibbereen.