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villages that do not allow the decencies of life, it is not at their election they do so. If cabins are poor, none too comely, or weather-proof, and if cattle are to be found in them together with human beings, the fault lies in painful causes in history. One does not, in desiring to help a friend to whom time has not been too kind, insist on drawing attention to his frayed cuff.20 From the Aran Islands, Fr S. J. Walsh protested: ‘We are not so badly off as the Connacht Tribune makes us, though goodness knows we are bad enough … I have written a strong letter to the

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centuries on the demesne lands of the Gerrard estate was the supreme achievement.’124 The removal of migrants out of the congested areas had varied effects. For the old, many were lost on the day they arrived. They ‘lost the life of the boats, the life of the sea and the strand, going and coming to the Aran Islands with turf and many other things’.125 Hanging in the brand new landlocked cowshed of one Kerry migrant were the fishing nets he had brought with him from his home.126 Many of the younger adults were glad of the opportunity. For the children, it was an adventure

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