Freeman, T.W. 'The changing distribution of population in Donegal, with special reference to the congested areas'. - Dublin: Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland,Vol. XVI part 4, 1940/1941, pp31-46
Journal of The Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland Vol. XVI part 4 1940/1941
The effects of movement from the area of emigration
may be hidden for a time. In many parts of Ireland there is an unusually
large proportion of old people in the population, probably partly supported
by their sons and daughters in Great Britain, America and other
parts of the world. With the death of the old people the farm, if poor,
may be added to another holding or even find no tenant; the land,
once wrested with toil and sweat from the surrounding heathland,
returns to it again and the cottage falls into ruins. A remark made to a
research student in Glencree might be made all over the poorer areas of
Ireland, "the families here are worn out."
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