Famine ship: a delicate matter

During the famine years the Newsletter fought a sustained editorial battle with the Times of London over the latter’s serial character assination of the victims of famine in the South West of Ireland. Today it carries a story in which DUP councilor Robin Newton has questioned which flag a full sized replica of a Famine ship should sail under.

Though undoubtedly the North suffered proportionately less from the famine than other parts of the island, it is estimated that it lost 37,000 people in 1849 from cholera alone.

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