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Ireland in Official Print Culture, 1800-1850A New Reading of the Poor Inquiry$
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Niall Ó Ciosáin

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199679386

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199679386.001.0001

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‘Lonesome without them’

‘Lonesome without them’

Charity and Reciprocity in the Poor Inquiry

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Ireland in Official Print Culture, 1800-1850

Niall Ó Ciosáin

Oxford University Press

The oral evidence that is such a unique aspect of the Poor Inquiry concentrated on the parts of Ireland and on the aspects of poverty that were furthest from a British norm. This is most striking in the evidence on begging which displays some fundamental attitudes and beliefs among the lower social groups in rural Ireland. Witnesses explain their almsgiving in terms of an underlying Christian framework of a sacrifice which receives a commensurate reward. This system of exchange illuminates some of the fundamental values of pre-famine Irish rural society. It emphasizes sociability and solidarity and contains a substantial element of magic. At the same time, and contrary to what the investigators themselves believed, it also contained the distinction between deserving and undeserving poor that had been fundamental to elite discussions of poor relief since the sixteenth century.

Keywords:   Ireland, poverty, begging, almsgiving, exchange, solidarity

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