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PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 8:32 pm 
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Would anyone know of sources of information on agricultural practice
in the Burren in the nineteenth century?


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 11:31 pm 
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Hi Matt
Not sure how relevant this may be for it relates to Co Clare in general rather than the Burren in particular.
A few years back while wading thru pages of the Clare Journal I came upon an article in the issue of Mon 8 Aug 1859, entitled Rural and Domestic Economy - FARM OPERATIONS FOR AUGUST.
The article provides a rundown of recommended practices in tending to the various crops and farm animals for this time of the year. It may have been a regular feature in the Journal, but I don't really recall, it was a while back. I still have a copy of this one, so if you don't have ready access to the CJ I could send you a copy.
Cheers, murf


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 12:42 am 
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Hi Matt - does Lewis's A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland (1837) assist in any way? When a friend and I (visiting from Oz) did a guided walk (from the Corrofin end) last year we heard talk about some farming techniques using kelp brought from the coast and packed into the fissures between the limestone outcrops. I haven't been able to find any reference to this practice in my brief searches, though.

Kerry


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 10:21 am 
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Many thanks for replies
What interested me was the preponderance of grazing and the
role of the herdsmen - called the herds.
And the balance between grazing and milk production.


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