Toward the end of her life the Great Famine ravaged the land of Ireland and Maria Edgeworth, like other women during those times did all she could to try and alleviate the suffering of the tenants on her estate. The article linked below tells the story of Hidden heroes: women and the Great Famine – They were victims of the famine – but also care-givers, aid workers and observers. Christine Kinealy tells their story.
A poem written during the Great Famine by Eliza Pope of Waterford, entitled ‘A Ladies’ Committee in Ireland, 1849′, provides a rare contemporary insight into the role of women’s relief committees. Read more here