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This is the story of Bridget Byrne, her brother Patrick, and their family, who live in Co. Wicklow on the Coolattin Estate during the Great Irish Famine which started in 1845.
Bridget was born in 1834 and Patrick in 1835.
Their parents are James and Mary Byrne and there are three other children in the family, James, aged 12, Joseph, aged 7 and Mary, aged 5. Bridget's grandmother, Bridget O'Neill, also lives with them.
The Byrnes live in a small house with two rooms. The roof is made of thatch, there is a large fireplace in one room and not much furniture.
Bridget's father rents a farm of three acres. This is enough to grow potatoes to feed the family.