Poverty Before the Famine, County Clare 1835. First Report from His Majesty's Commissioners for Inquiring Into the Condition of the Poorer Classes in Ireland. Clare: Clasp Press, 1996. Fine copy in d.j. "Illustrates the reality of the plight of the ordinary labourer and peasant in County Clare in the 1830s. Expect to be shocked at the extent of the incredible poverty suffered by many and the appalling lack of response from the Establishment. " Eight chapters cover 12 Parishes. Each chapter includes: Deserted and orphan children; Bastardy; Impotent through age; Vagrancy; Widows with Children; Sick Poor; Abel-bodied out of work.