We will meet in front of the Tulla Library at 7 pm. Parking is available throughout the village. The walk will take about 1 hour 15 minutes and light refreshments will be served after in the Clare Walks office (White's). Admission is free. All are welcome.
Tulla, County Clare was one of the hardest hit parishes in Ireland during the Great Famine. It had a population in 1841 of almost 9,000 but by 1851, that population had dropped by almost 21%. In addition, the Poor Law Union of Tulla was created during the Famine and the Tulla Workhousewas built in 1850 as a result of the Fever Hospital being unable to cope with the demand of needy and starving people. This workhouse was overflowing with starving and ill people within two months of its opening. The population of Tulla continued to decrease throughout the 19th century and into the 20th century. Today the population stands at about 1,000 residents. It is not an exaggeration to state the effect that the Faminehad not only on the population of Tulla but also on the surrounding areas. Arlene will discuss some of the important places in the village as well as some of those residents who played a part in assisting people during this time.
Arlene White is a former Heritage Officer from Nenagh with a keen interest in local history. She is the coordinator for Clare Walks Ltd. which has opened a number of looped walks throughout East Clare in the last number of months, including the Clondoorney Walk in Tulla, the Auld Road in Whitegate and the Battle Ballycuggaran in Killaloe. Arlene leads regular walks throughout the East Clare and Mid Clare areas on Thursdays for walking groups. She will lead this walk which is supported by the Heritage Council and which will take place during Heritage Week. Your support for this Heritage Week event is greatly appreciated and is open to all.
Image taken from the Clare Library website and Illustrated London News, 22 December 1849.