James Carty and the Hungry Grass


Dad told a story of his father being in Willie Cartys, when a neighbour came in demanding food. In those days, it was taken for granted whatever was going would be shared with a visitor, and was bad manners to demand food, and no one would do it.

But this man did.

He said a hunger took him coming in the gate.

James knew what to go, gave him an uncut loaf, and milk… tradition tells that if someone walks on the hungry grass they get a horrific hunger that can only be relieved by eating something that the famine times folk had to eat.

This is retold by Annie M.P. Smithson, and the wikipedia article explains it too,and my verse “The Hungry Grass” retells it…