Tourism, Landscape, and the Irish Character: British Travel Writers in Pre-Famine Ireland
Picturesque but poor, abject yet sublime in its Gothic melancholy, the Ireland perceived by British visitors during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries did not fit their ideas of progress, propriety, and Protestantism. The rituals of Irish Catholicism, the lamentations of funeral wakes, the Irish language they could not comprehend, even the landscapes were all strange to tourists from England, Wales, and Scotland. Overlooking the acute despair in England’s own industrial cities, these travelers opined in their writings that the poverty, bog lands, and ill-thatched houses of rural Ireland indicated moral failures of the Irish character.
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Fortunately , the potato is highly nutritious . According to Cormac Ó Gráda , a
mean intake of twelve pounds of potatoes a day supplied 3 , 168 kilocalories ,
most of the necessary vitamins , and sufficient protein for an adult male . The
Whelan has argued , however , that the potato “ deranged " the balance between
tillage and pasturage . Traditionally , the carrying capacity of a piece of land had
been calculated in terms of an intricate relationship between grazing and tillage ...
41 Visitors ' confusion and unease over the Irish peasant ' s potato diet reveal an
interesting food bias deep within British ... as their staple , and most
commentators on Ireland erroneously assumed that grain was more nutritious
than potatoes .