Famine

If you look carefully into the trees directly to the south you may just see the ruin of an old house. This is all that is left of a little house which was home to Sally ‘Allen’ Bradley, one of the last occupants of this area. Local tradition tells that many families lived in and around the edge of the woodland prior to the great famine in the 1840s and that they succumbed to starvation, immigration and eviction. Old maps from the 1800s indicate several small homes in this area, all eking a meagre living from tilled plots with a few stock, which most likely grazed the woodland. This demonstrates again that the Drumnaph area has been in constant flux with changing land use impacting on the history and ecology of what is now the reserve. 

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