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Begging, Charity and Religion in Pre-Famine Ireland$
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Ciarán McCabe

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781786941572

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781786941572.001.0001

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Defining Begging and Alms-Giving

Defining Begging and Alms-Giving

(p.21) 1 Defining Begging and Alms-Giving
Begging, Charity and Religion in Pre-Famine Ireland

Ciarán McCabe

Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines the challenges inherent in defining what precisely constituted begging in pre-Famine Ireland and who were considered beggars. For many poor persons, begging was just one of a number of survival strategies in the ‘economy of makeshifts’ and was resorted to according to fluctuating family circumstances. The giving of alms, meanwhile, was undertaken in various guises and oftentimes was undertaken as much to relieve genuine distress as it was to be rid of an unwanted mendicant.

Keywords:   Begging, Alms, Charity, Defining, Economy of Makeshifts

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