Lord and Lady Aberdeen with a nurse outside a house in Geesala outside Ballina, in Co. Mayo. When you think about how this island seems heavily populated with 4/5 million people it must have been crammed with 8 million by the start of the famine. Conditions must have been dire for the poor and though I may be wrong, the Congested Districts Boards were an attempt to raise the standard of housing and health care. It would seem that the Aberdeens were ardent supporters of the Board? Lady Aberdeen appears to be impressed with the nurses wasp waist!
Main creator: Robert John Wellch 1859 - 1936
Collection: The Congested Districts Board Photographic Collection
Date: ca. 1905 -1915
NLI Ref: CDB56
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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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